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Why Celebrate Pro Bono?

Pro bono work is a professional responsibility and an individual ethical commitment of each lawyer. The Committee launched the National Celebration of Pro Bono in 2009 because of the increasing need for pro bono services during harsh economic times and the unprecedented response of attorneys to meet this demand. Every October since 2009, legal organizations across America participate in the National Celebration of Pro Bono to draw attention to the need for pro bono participation, and to thank those who give their time year round.

Join the 2024 National Celebration of Pro Bono Conversation


Organizations are sharing the hundreds of events taking place around the country through social media.

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A Message from ABA President Mary Smith

2023 Theme for the Celebration

ABA President Mary Smith discusses the 2023 Pro Bono Celebration Theme "Voices of Democracy: Ensuring Justice for All"

2021 Celebrate Pro Bono Law Student Video Contest

During the 2021 Celebration, the Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service sponsored a law student video contest. We'd like to congratulate Samantha Renshaw for her winning entry.

Celebrate Pro Bono 2020

Describing Celebrate Pro Bono since its founding in 2009 and its national impact. An invitation to attorneys to celebrate pro bono.

The Power of Pro Bono: A Judicial Toolkit for POWER Act Implementation

This toolkit offers free resources from the ABA for implementing the federal Pro Bono Work to Empower and Represent Act of 2018 (POWER Act), focused on helping victims of domestic, dating, sexual, and stalking violence gain access to critical pro bono legal services.

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Celebrating Pro Bono Across America

The National Celebration of Pro Bono is held the last week of October each year. We encourage local communities to plan events to provide pro bono legal services, train lawyers, and celebrate the lawyers who donate their time to provide legal services to those who cannot afford a lawyer.

Pro Bono Articles by ABA Journal

ABA Journal offers a full library or pro bono articles and resources.

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10th Anniversary Celebration Event

A Conversation with Justice Elena Kagan

Justice Kagan interviewed at Georgetown Law during the 2018 National Celebration of Pro Bono