11 sign pro bono pledge cards at AG's summit

Posted: Wednesday, June 09, 2010

JUNEAU - A summit convened by Attorney General Dan Sullivan last month resulted in 11 lawyers signing pledges to voluntarily provide legal assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Department of Law spokesman Bill McAllister said about 80 people attended the so-called "pro bono summit" in Anchorage and that recruiting continued. He said Sullivan plans at least one more summit.

Sullivan has said improving victims' access to legal assistance is a key part of the governor's plan to crack down on the violence. Before the summit, he said he was less concerned with getting firm commitments than with raising awareness of the issue, and the need.

Excluding the new pledges, McAllister said about 90 pro bono attorneys currently handle cases related to domestic violence.

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