Working with a QLSP is smart be-
cause the cases are prescreened for cli-
ent income eligibility and merit, giving
attorneys the chance to check for con-
flicts. Peterson regularly accepts pro
bono assignments through the Federal
Pro Bono Program for these reasons
and because of the quality of cases that
come through her desk. Only after a
federal judge has reviewed the case
and found it suitable to refer to the pro
bono panel is it sent out to a pro bono
attorney like Peterson. “These individ-
uals are so passionate about their cases
that they are willing to go it alone,” she
says. “I find it difficult to say no when
the individual has a meritorious case
and is diligently trying to navigate the
legal system on their own.”
The next time you’re sitting at a CLE
think about the impact you’re making
on your profession and community.
Think about whether the other half of
your credits could be dedicated to giv-
ing a low-income person access to jus-
tice and a voice in court. I assure that
you will find this activity the farthest
thing from boring (sorry, Leo) because
not only will it make you a better law-
yer, but a better person. NWL
JOANNA P. BOISEN is a
partner at Foster Pep-
per PLLC. She chairs
the firm’s nonprofit and
tions group and the
firm’s recruiting committee. Boisen
also directs the firm’s nationally
recognized and award-winning pro
bono practice, which she founded in
2005. She can be reached at joanna.
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