For Attorneys

If you are an attorney with expertise in business law, are licensed in the state of Hawai’i, and would like to volunteer, please download the “BLC Law Firm Info Sheet” below and email a completed copy back to info@businesslawcorps.org. We will contact via email on how to proceed. 

BLC Law Firm Info Sheet

 

The BLC believes that there are many business attorneys who would offer their specialized legal expertise on a pro bono basis, but are not given the opportunity to do so. The BLC offers attorneys a chance to give back to their community by signing up to be a member of our network of attorneys.

 

In 2011, the Hawai’i Access to Justice Commission released a Three-Year Evaluation Report and noted that a significant barrier to greater pro bono committments in Hawai’i “arises from a concern among attorneys that they may not possess the requisite expertise in the substantive law needed to do effective pro bono work in a given area.” (1) This is a legitimate concern which legal aid programs and state bar associations have been grappling with across the country. In fact, many articles have been written concerning the training and recruiting of transactional lawyers to provide traditional litigation pro bono services. (2) There are many attorneys who willingly adapt and provide tremendous support for low-income individuals, but at the same time legal aid programs nationwide have often found that “training the necessary lawyers, especially the most experienced senior and skilled business lawyers to work in litigation areas, is very demanding.” (3) The BLC offers business attorneys a chance to give back to their community by signing up to be a member of our network of attorneys. Because the BLC helps entrepreneurs and small business owners, business lawyers specializing in entity formation, intellectual property, contracts and tax are all needed and their skills can be effectively utilized for the betterment of people in their local communities.

(1) In the Matter of the Hawaii Access to Justice Commission, No. SCMF-11-0000432, available at http://www.hawaiijustice.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Three-Year-Evaluation-of-Access-to-Justice-Commission-ada-version.pdf
(2) James L. Baillie, FULFILLING THE PROMISE OF BUSINESS LAW PRO BONO, 28 William Mitchell Law Review 1543, available at: http://
www.wmitchell.edu/lawreview/Volume28/Issue4/07_Baillie.pdf
(3) James L. Baillie, FULFILLING THE PROMISE OF BUSINESS LAW PRO BONO, 28 William Mitchell Law Review 1543, available at: http://
www.wmitchell.edu/lawreview/Volume28/Issue4/07_Baillie.pdf