American Bar Association

Law in Public Service

Message From The Chair

Can one lawyer make a difference? The Law in the Public Service (LIPS) committee says, unequivocally, "Yes." Whether you're helping to feed the homeless, participating in school educational projects or helping to teach young at- risk students about a legal career, you can make a difference through countless volunteer opportunities we have to offer through LIPS.

Hi, I am John Stephens, the Chair of the LIPS committee and I welcome you to join your TIPS family and volunteer with us. Giving back is not only helpful to those who receive, but also very fulfilling to you as the giver.

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 to work with us to make a difference. These hands-on opportunities require no advance planning by you, no long-term commitment. You just need to get involved. The work is rewarding, both professionally and personally. LIPS provides you the opportunities. All you need to do, is join us!

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.

If you want to get involved and make a difference, 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!

John Stephens
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 Staffs:

Campos, Norma
LaChance, Jennifer

Committee Roster  

Highlighted Project

Chicago 2012 Annual Project at Union Park

Programs, Meetings and Events

Section Events

    Windows of Opportunity:Avoiding Technology Traps in Your Practice


    Don't miss this Free hot topic teleconference, part of the ABA-TIPS Member Monday CLE Series!!! This session will explore the technology related amendments to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct recently adopted as a result of the work of the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 and how you can avoid ...

    Encryption for Lawyers-Legal, Ethical and Insurance Implications


    Cyberattacks against law firms are increasing at an alarming rate. Attorneys send gigabytes of client information through cyberspace on a daily basis and much of it is unencrypted and vulnerable. Considered soft targets by hackers, law firms are repositories of sensitive corporate and personal information ...

    Wild Mustangs and the BLM


    Don't miss this panel discussion featuring multiple perspectives surrounding issues involving the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Administration of the Wild Horse & Burro Program. This program will provide an overview of the governing act and historical application of the BLM, discussion abotu the ...

Committee Minutes

Edmund S. Muskie Award and Service Project Forms

For more information on the Muskie Award...

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 April 28, 2016

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