Pro Bono Service
Pro Bono Publico ("for the public good") is legal work for low-income people or causes that need volunteer help such as environmental and social justice movements.
Catherine is proud to have a history of pro bono work extending back to her first year in law school when she began volunteering at the Legal Aid Society in Minneapolis. In recognition of her pro bono work, Catherine was the recipient of the 1996 Minnesota Justice Foundation Outstanding Public Service Award for a Law Student, presented by Sister Helen Prejean. Catherine was an active volunteer with the Minnesota Justice Foundation throughout law school (an organization that organized and fostered law student pro bono work) and went with the Haitian Refugee Project to Miami to help asylum-seekers complete applications.
Since joining the bar in 1997, Catherine has continued her dedication to pro bono work, taking volunteer cases through the Volunteer Lawyers Network in Minnesota and the District 10 Pro Bono Project in Indiana. She also volunteers at Counsel in the Court (a District 10 program) to provide free legal advice and document preparation to low income people.
In 2005, Catherine wrote an article on pro bono work for Res Gestae, the magazine for the Indiana State Bar Association, on the importance of pro bono work (article reprinted below).
Most recently, Catherine has served as a volunteer attorney for Know Your Rights!, which provides free walk-in legal advice and document preparation for immigrants concerned about possible detention. The program is organized by El Centro Communal Legal and District 10 Pro Bono Project and works to help immigrants create documents to ensure care for their children in case the parents are detained.