Congratulations to the 2014 6.1 Challenge Winners
- Corporate - Office Depot, Inc.
- Large Firm - Holland & Hart, LLP
- Solo Practitioner - Kathryn Railsback, Attorney at Law, PLLC
- Small Firm - Finch O’Neil Law Office PA
What Is The 6.1 Challenge?
The 6.1 Challenge, named after Idaho Rule of Professional Conduct 6.1, is an event to encourage and formally recognize pro bono and public service activities from members of the Fourth District Bar through office team participation. Rule 6.1 states that every lawyer has a professional responsibility to provide legal services to those unable to pay. A lawyer should aspire to render at least fifty (50) hours of pro bono legal services per year to persons of limited means or to charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental and educational organizations.
What Does An Office Need To Do To Win?
Simply submit the 6.1 Challenge form on or before Friday, April 3, 2015 to the Fourth District describing the types of pro bono and public service activities conducted by your office during the year and the number of hours completed by the team members for the period of April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015.
Submit the Challenge Form for your offices’ activities to: Fourth District Law Day Committee, c/o Idaho State Bar, or email to Mary Hobson so that it is received by 5:00 pm on Friday, April 3, 2015.
Who Is Judging Us?
Submissions will be reviewed by a distinguished panel, including members of the federal and state judiciary and local community leaders such as the mayor of Boise.
The panel will evaluate the type and quality of the pro bono activities and the percentage of attorneys participating, as well as the number of hours conducted on behalf of the community, to determine which office teams will be recognized for each category of law office. The categories include: small, large and government law offices.
What Does Our Office Get If We Win?
The 2015 6.1 Challenge Award for Pro Bono for each category of law office will be presented at a reception in the Spring 2015. The offices recognized will receive a plaque immortalizing their teams’ achievement.
New! 50 Hour Verification
This year the 6.1 Challenge provides an opportunity for individual attorneys to verify that they have met Rule 6.1’s aspirational goal of 50 pro bono hours in the past year. All individuals that meet the 50 goal should sign and return the verification form, regardless of whether their law office enters the competition. (in other words you can enter the Challenge completion as a part of an office group or as a solo practitioner and submit a self-verification form).
How Do I Learn More?
Email Mary Hobson or call (208) 334-4510. For ideas for pro bono service, please call Idaho Volunteer Lawyer Program at 208-334-4510 and read on…
(almost) 50 Ways To Win The Prize:
- Volunteer for IVLP cases:
Family law (Divorce, Custody, Modification, Adoption);
Guardianships for Children and Incapacitated or Disabled Adults (representing either petitioners or protected persons);
Foreclosure (with defense), predatory mortgage or other illegal loan;
Landlord/tenant (hardship); and/or
- Volunteer for an IVLP Pro Se Clinic—assisting participants for pro se filings
- Soundstart Presentations to young parents—Family Law, Wills, Child Support, Paternity, Guardianship, Adoptions, Consumer
- Senior Center Advice & Counsel Clinics
- Prepare wills for low-income parents and others with special needs
- Non-profits: Organization, Tax Status
- Provide free legal services to non-profits in pursuit of their charitable goals
- Bankruptcy: Answer calls on Help Line, Offer Discrete Services in Hardship Cases, Representation in Pro Bono Bankruptcy
- Pro Bono Family Law cases (on own without IVLP arranging)
- Assist seniors or other vulnerable adults with matters involving debt collection, liens, etc.
- Violence Against Women Act cases (VAWA): obtaining immigration status for women who are victims of domestic violence from their spouse who must apply for status from US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). (requires special training coordinated by IVLP) or U-Visa cases obtaining immigration status for victims of specific crimes who are helpful to law enforcement
- Volunteer through the Pro Bono Immigration Law Network (PILN) to assist persons in removal proceedings who have a credible defense
- Represent domestic violence and sexual assault survivor in Protective Order hearings
- Volunteer at Citizenship Days
- Represent Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers in Child Protection Act cases (arranged through CASA program)
- Civil Rights Cases for Prisoners (Arranged through Federal Court)
- Ada Youth Court/Fourth District Drug Court
- Volunteer for Stand Down to provide legal assistance to homeless veterans and other homeless people
- Mentor a Volunteer in Family Law, Bankruptcy and Other Cases. Offer to teach CLE’s for IVLP attorneys in area of expertise
- Victim’s Rights cases (through the University of Idaho College of Law)
- Assist residents of mobile home parks whose park is being sold for development
- Assisting Veterans with benefits issues
- Any project of your choice that comes within the scope of IRPC 6.1