American Bar Association
TIPS Section

Law in Public Service

Message From The Chair

A Few Words and an Irresistible Offer From the Chair

DO IT! JUST DO IT!   Get started by participating in a fun public service project! All you have to do is show up!

The Law in Public Service Committee (LIPS) coordinates hands-on public service projects at each TIPS meeting. As the philanthropic arm of TIPS, we coordinate projects including working with the homeless, the hungry, at risk pre-schoolers, adults who can't read, and the list goes on. We want YOU to DO IT! We want you to stand side by side with us to make a difference. These hands-on opportunities require no advance planning by you, no long-term commitment. You need only show up and JUST DO IT! We encourage you to be involved regardless of how much time you can contribute. The work is rewarding, both professionally and personally. LIPS provides you the opportunities. All you need to do, is DO IT!

If you want to DO IT, please contact me at and we will get you connected! If you want to help by identifying a project for a future meeting because you have a great idea, please contact me!

LIPS also does more than coordinate public service and legal pro bono projects with the Section's General & Special Standing Committees and other ABA Sections. It serves as the TIPS liaison to the ABA Consortium on Legal Services and the Public as well as other ABA Commissions and Committees. LIPS also coordinates the selection of the recipient of the Edmund Muskie Pro Bono Award, which is an award that honors an individual's exemplary public service work. If you know a deserving Muskie Award candidate, let LIPS know.

I strongly believe that philanthropy is one of the most important things any individual can do. As lawyers, we have a unique perspective on the world and unique talents we can offer to those in need. By getting involved with a hands-on service project, we can share our talents and, in turn, change our perspective on the world while also improving the perspective of others. Our committee is diverse and dynamic. We are dedicated to making a difference --- one project at a time. We invite you and welcome you to join us in that effort! We make it easy to DO IT, and we promise you that once you JUST DO IT, you will see why we are so dedicated.

Amie C. Martinez
Chair, TIPS Law in Public Service Committee


  • Law In Public Service Committee's Public Service Projects Over the Years - PDF
  • the Law In Public Service Committee Information - PDF
  • LIPS Domestic Violence Screening Card Project - PDF

Please click below for the Law in Public Service award nomination forms.

The Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section is proud to participate in the following public service projects. As long as no changes are made to text of the brochures, ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section will allow the brochures to be downloaded, printed and distributed free of charge.

  • TIPS Domestic Violence screening card - PDF

  • Commission on Domestic Violence's screening tool - PDF

  • Information regarding ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974) - PDF

  • Tips to Protect yourself from Identity Theft and what to do if it happens to you - PDF.

  • Information about and regarding choosing a nursing home. What you need to know - PDF

  • Domestic Violence Safety Plan and Tips for You and Your Family Brochure FOR COPIES: download the selected document and print. NOTE: These are double sided dcouments. English version - PDF Spanish version - PDF Chinese version - PDF Japanese version - PDF Korean version - PDF Vietnamese version - PDF

  • Guide to Bed Safety Brochure

  • ABA Project Out-Reach: Supporting School Mediation



Stephens, John

ABA Staff:

LaChance, Jennifer

Highlighted Project

Chicago 2012 Annual Project at Union Park

Programs, Meetings and Events

Committee Events

Law in Public Service Committee Meeting - Napa

October 17, 2014
The TIPS LIPS Committee will be meeting from 8 AM to 9:00 AM on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the ABA TIPS Fall Meeting at The Meritage Hotel and Spa in Napa, CA.   

Law in Public Service Project - Stop Hunger Now!

October 17, 2014
Join the ABA TIPS Law in Public Service Committee as they assist Stop Hunger Now! on Friday, August 17 at 10 AM to Noon on-site at The Meritage Hotel and Spa in Napa, CA. Stop Hunger Now! is a meal packaging program that provides dehydrated and high-protein nutritious meals to the hungry. These packaged meals will be used to support education programs and to save lives in developing countries around the world.  
Section Events

    Current Trends in Asbestos Litigation


    FREE FOR TIPS MEMBERS!!! Don't miss this valuable complimentary webinar, part of the TIPS Member Mondays CLE Webinar Series, and hear the experts at handling asbestos cases cover the latest developments in this national litigation. Learn the most recent updates in the law regarding experts who rely ...

    TIPS 2014 Fall Leadership Meeting

    The Meritage Resort and Spa

    Join us for the TIPS Fall Leadership Meeting, October 15-19, 2014 at the Meritage Resort & Spa in the beautiful wine country of Napa, California. We are very excited to welcome you to Napa, as it's the Section's first time back since the Spring of 2004. Featuring valuable networking events, important ...

    A Global View: What's New In Aviation and Space Law - Litigation in the U.S. and Abroad

    The Ritz-Carlton

    This program is the quintessential opportunity for long time practitioners and lawyers new to aviation law, to meet, interact and discuss what lies ahead in our industry.We hope to see you in our beautiful nation's Capitol for two stimulating days of learning, networking and

Committee Minutes

Edmund S. Muskie Award and Service Project Forms

Related Resources

Past Service Projects

Sites of Interest From Past Service Projects

Domestic Violence Safety Plan and Tips for You

Domestic Violence Safety Plan and Tips for You and Your Family Brochure FOR COPIES: download the selected document and print. NOTE: These are double sided dcouments.

Modified by Jennifer LaChance on August 20, 2014

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