Pride Justice In Action PRO BONO SPRINT!

Continuing our tradition of putting passion into action, we will have volunteers celebrate Pride month this June by doing significant pro bono work on June 28th from x to z. Volunteers will be assigned to one of two virtual projects. They will be trained the first hour and then work for three hours on a project benefiting LGBTQ+ youth and families. No preparation needed, just your uninterrupted brains and focus for four hours to benefit those who need your help to provide equal and equitable access to justice.

Tuesday 28th June 2022
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. PDT / 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. CDT /1 p.m. - 5 p.m. EDT

A Zoom link and option to add an invitation to your Outlook calendar will be included with your registration confirmation. For questions or registration assistance, please contact our Pro Bono Team.

Welcome to Justice in Action!

The Justice in Action Sprint is a community effort in support of legal rights through substantive pro bono projects. At the Sprint, you will have the opportunity to work on projects related to human rights, tackling division and access to justice. Volunteers will be trained at the start of the session and then divided into small teams to work on specific assignments.


Everything that you need to learn to work in the Justice in Action Sprint will be provided during the session. No preparation or special skills are needed. The schedule will run:

  • Training and orientation (1 hour)
  • Pro bono work in small groups (2 hours 45 minutes)
  • Check in and wrap up (15 minutes)


What is a legal sprint?

A legal sprint is a short set of hours where volunteers work together on pro bono projects - virtually - just as they might at a live clinic. The term "sprint" just means that the event will be short and full of content. When the time is up, each volunteer's commitment is complete, even if they are not finished.

We will pick up the remaining work at the next sprint!

Who can attend the Sprint?

All are welcome! The Sprint is open to in-house lawyers and professions - no experience or legal expertise is needed. Projects will cover multiple jurisdictions - folks can come from anywhere to join this virtual event.

Do I have to stay for the entire Sprint?

Given the nature of the work to be completed, we ask all participants to stay for the duration of the Sprint. Every participant will be an essential part of each project team.

What is Justice In Action?

"Justice In Action" is what Baker McKenzie has named our sprints. It means we conduct a virtual sprint using zoom as a communication tool and Miro boards as a working collaboration tool. A Miro board is an online whiteboard that allows everyone to work on the same platform at the same time seeing each other's work. Everyone works on the same board during the sprint and all the materials and work product is on that board. It is easy to get a free account at

What projects will we do in our sprints?

The virtual format and collection of many volunteers at one time allow us to do more than one project at each sprint. The projects we are working on in the sprints are not direct representation, but rather focused on research and analysis to create capacity-building tools for vulnerable populations and others who need to understand the law. The projects we will offer at this Justice in Action sprint are detailed below:


LGBTQ+ Mapping

Lambda Legal’s Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project advocates on behalf of LGBTQ+ youth in child welfare and juvenile justice settings and youth experiencing homelessness. Lambda has two maps capturing explicit nondiscrimination protections in state law or agency policy for LGBTQ+ youth in child welfare and juvenile justice settings. There is an incredible need for a map specifically focused on homelessness, which Lambda Legal and Baker McKenzie are developing. You will answer questions regarding state law on topics such as right to medical consent, contracting, emancipation and more.

Myth Busting: "Conversion Therapy" Torture of LGBTQ+ Youth

Working with Lambda Legal, we will examine so-called "Conversion Therapy" laws and practices in select countries where there is a dearth of information about this practice. To assist individual youth seeking resolution of a visa or asylum application in the US, they need to understand the country conditions that include these false "psychological" treatments and how they are used to hurt children based on a theory that they can falsely stop them from being LGBTQ+. The better immigration applicants can explain this practice in other countries, the stronger their applications to flee their home nations based on this persecution.


Do I need any experience, pre-work or training in advance?

No. The first hour of the session will include training on the project and Miro. Volunteers need not do anything in advance to prepare.

Will CLE be offered?

Yes, CLE will be available to lawyers in relevant jurisdictions as appropriate.

Do I choose my project?

When registering for the program through the zoom registration link, you will be prompted to choose your first and second preference.

Will I be working in a group or alone?

If you are coming with colleagues, please note on the zoom registration that you are participating as a team. If you are coming solo or are happy to work with other organizations, please note on the zoom registration that you are participating as an individual.

What do I do when the time of the sprint is over?

You are done! If your group did not finish your assigned section, others will complete it after the sprint. If you want to continue working on the project on your own time, we welcome that and can make arrangements with volunteers individually by email after the sprint.

What is the deadline to register?

Please register by Wednesday, June 22nd. Should you have any issues registering or are looking to register after this date, please contact us at


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