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The ABA Business Law Pro Bono Project is a joint effort between the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and the Section of Business Law. The Project provides resources, technical assistance, training and other information to business lawyers and legal service providers in order to enhance and expand the delivery of a variety of business law pro bono legal services programs. The goals of the Project are to develop, support and foster the growth of pro bono and public service opportunities for section of Business Law members that maximize their unique skill sets; maximize the Section of Business Law's volunteer and paid resources through centralized administrative support, planning and funding; and, coordinate the Section of Business Law's pro bono and public service efforts with those of other ABA and non-ABA legal professional organizations. The Project is a national clearinghouse for information on starting and operating a business pro bono project and acts as a national catalyst for expanding provision for business law pro bono services.
The National Public Service Award was initiated in 1994 as part of the Section's pro bono project, A Business Commitment ("ABC"). The ABC project was designed to match business lawyers with legal service programs, community development corporations, charitable organizations or individuals that cannot afford to hire lawyers. The National Public Service Award recognizes significant pro bono legal services that demonstrate a commitment to providing services to the poor in a business context, and recognizes the achievements resulting from the public service work for the clients and the client groups represented. The recipients of the Award will have undertaken a significant public service project(s) that provided free business law representation to the poor or to an organization that predominantly serves the poor, or improves the provision of such services.