The 1st Quarter Results are in!

So I love to share good news, and today I have a lot of it and it’s all because of you. I’ve finally tallied up all the attorney hours that were reported on case update forms we received from January 1st to April 15th, and here are some great numbers to look at:

Hours Attorneys have volunteered (Jan-Apr 15th – non clinic): 1504.65
Hours volunteered to help at clinics (Jan – March 30th): 230.5
Total hours given in the 1st quarter: 1735.15

Now mind you, this is just what has been reported to us. I know there are more hours out there that we don’t have since on my open case reports I see a lot of 0’s still on some cases. It’s very important that you let us know your hours as you go along so that we can get them reported accurately to the CLE during the year.

Speaking of which, you should see the hours you reported show up sometime in May on your CLE records. Thank you again so much for all the time you’ve given!

Now, even better news! According to the report, I have 136 new attorney names on this list. These are both brand spankin’ new attorneys joining us as well as previous volunteers returning after not taking on a case in 2009. So to those people – you should know who you are – Thank you!

Now here’s a sneak peek at our summer projects I have planned:

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Goodbye 2009, Hello 2010!

I think it’s safe to say we’ve had a very successful year. How successful, you ask? Well, let’s play a numbers game and compare 2008 to 2009, shall we?

Cases placed/saw at clinic in 2008: 1083
Cases placed/saw at clinic in 2009: 1668

So that means 585 additional cases were seen last year. That’s nearly a 50% increase!

Want to see attorney volunteer hours and the change there?

Hours reported for CLE credit in 2008: 5120
Hours reported for CLE credit in 2009: 7828

That means at least 2,708 more hours were spent on Pro Bono cases. That’s over a 50% increase in hours from last year, and I know there are more hours that have yet to be reported to us.

So, from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU. We could not have done this without your time and dedication.

Where do we go from here now… well, I want to beat it all in 2010! Call me an overachiever, but I know we can do better. I have over 1500 active volunteers, and if everyone just took ONE case, that would already near our goal without adding a single clinic case into the mix. And there are volunteers out there who take on 2-3 a year, and sometimes in one sitting.

So I’m stating my goals right now for everyone to see, and I am going to need your help on this. Here’s what I’m aiming for in 2010:

Cases placed/seen at clinic: 2000
Active Volunteers: 1700
Attorney CLE Hours Reported: 8000+

Who’s with me?! WE CAN DO THIS!

There are other projects in the works as well to help make 2010 a great year for Pro Bono, and this blog is going to be the place to turn to for the information. So please, subscribe to the feed and comment with suggestions or just to comment and say what you think about the topics we post on. And feel free to share the link with your associates – especially the new ones! – so they can find out how they can help out.

PS – It’s still not too late to get your case hours reported! If you have case update forms sitting on your desk, fill them out and fax/e-mail them to me ASAP and make sure you put down “Report for 2009!” on it so I get the message. Deadline is going to be January 22nd, and after that they might get mixed up with the 2010 hours. Remember it’s 5 billable hours for 1 CLE Ethics credit, with a limit up to 3 per year from us. Just another bonus besides the warm fuzzy feeling you get inside from helping out someone in need.