American Bar Association
TIPS Section

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 Staff:

LaChance, Jennifer

Committee Roster  

Highlighted Project

Chicago 2012 Annual Project at Union Park

Programs, Meetings and Events

Committee Events

Law in Public Service Committee Meeting - Houston

February 7, 2015
The TIPS LIPS Committee will be meeting from 10 AM to Noon on Saturday, February 18, 2014 at the ABA TIPS Midyear Meeting at the Hilton of the Americas in Houston, TX.

Law in Public Service Project - Houston Food Bank

February 7, 2015
Join the LIPS Committee in assisting the Houston Food Bank with warehouse packing needs from Noon to 4 PM on Saturday, February 7, 2014. Plan to meet in the lobby of the Hilton Americas at Noon. Volunteers must contact Staff Liaison Jennifer LaChance ( prior to the project to sign-up.   
Section Events

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 January 14, 2015

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