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

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Chair:  Amie C Martinez

Chair-Elect:  John Francis Stephens

Staff:  Jennifer LaChance

Highlighted Project

Chicago 2012 Annual Project at Union Park

Committee Minutes

November 2013 Minutes
October 2013 Minutes
August 2013 Minutes

Programs, Meetings and Events

Committee Events
Law in Public Service Committee Meeting - Boca Raton
May 16, 2014
The TIPS LIPS Committee will be meeting from 8 AM to 9:30 AM on Friday, May 16, 2014 at the ABA TIPS Spring meeting at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, FL.    
Animal Law/Law in Public Service Spring Project
May 17, 2014
Join the ABA TIPS Animal Law Committee and the LIPS Committee as they assist the South Florida Wildlife Center during the ABA TIPS Spring 2014 Meeting in Boca Raton, FL. Volunteers will enjoy a tour of the facilities and then roll up their sleeves to work on a variety of projects. Projects will include:
• Refurbish raccoon, rabbit, and pelican habitats
• Paint and clean medical department
• Yard work — rake leaves and clean up the grounds
• Prepare diet for baby animals in the nursery — chop fruits and vegetables
Please email to sign up for this project.   Volunteers will meet in the lobby of the Boca Raton Resort and Club at 10 AM.

Past Service Projects

Click here to check out our past service projects!

Sites of Interest From Past Service Projects

Stop Hunger Now!
At The Crossroads
Tarrant Area Food Bank
Boys and Girls Club of America
Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse
more links...

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 10, 2014

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