Vinson & Elkins Goes Virtual For Texas Pro Bono Clients

By Andrew Strickler (July 11, 2014, 2:33 PM EDT) -- With cheap headsets and free Internet service, Vinson & Elkins LLP has created a "virtual" clinic that allows desk-bound lawyers to provide services to the poor — a model the firm believes could be revolutionary in providing pro bono services.

The idea for the firm's Houston pro bono project was borne in the post-financial crisis years, said Ellyn Josef, the firm's pro bono counsel, when the typically long lines at weekend pro bono clinics held at Houston-area community centers became even longer. 

As more would-be clients were being turned away, "it was also getting more and more difficult to get my...

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