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Lisa Borden Talks with Birmingham News About Alabama State Bar's Pro Bono Week "Poverty Simulation"


As part of the Alabama State Bar's Pro Bono Week activities, dozens of lawyers, future lawyers, and judges in Birmingham took on the roles of low-income Alabamians facing legal challenges in a "poverty simulation" at Cumberland School of Law designed to give lawyers and judges a better understanding of the problems poor people face in their daily lives as they also deal with legal challenges. Baker Donelson's Pro Bono Shareholder Lisa Borden talks with the Birmingham News about the exercise, noting that it should help lawyers who volunteer to represent low income clients be more patient when their clients show up two hours late, or don't bring the paperwork they need. "It's not that they (the clients) don't care. It's just that other things have overwhelmed them," Ms. Borden said.

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