The ABC Manual: Starting and Operating a Business Law Pro Bono Project
This manual was designed to inspire and assist business lawyers to replicate the success of probono business entities highlighted in the manual in their own states or locales.
Beyond the Myths: Get the Facts about Dispute Resolution
This brochure published by the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution identifies the most common myths and barriers to the use of mediation for low income disputants The brochure addresses nine common myths or misconceptions held by legal services and pro bono practitioners. The subjects addressed range from issues such as whether mediation is a fair means of dispute resolution for low income disputants, including those with domestic violence issues, to the ability to enforce mediation agreements.
BLUEPRINT for Constructing a Pro Bono Project in a Mid-Sized Law Firm
A how-to manual that contains tips for mid-sized law firms in developing pro bono policies and projects.
How to Begin a Pro Bono Program in Your Bankruptcy Court: A Starter Kit for Lawyers and Judges
This free on-line publication was developed by the ABA Business Law and Litigation Sections. The Starter Kit assists lawyers, judges, bar associations and pro bono advocates create new bankruptcy pro bono projects in their jurisdiction. The Starter Kit emphasizes the importance of mobilizing the local bankruptcy bar and bankruptcy judges. This publication provides information about the critical components of a bankruptcy pro bono program, description of successful projects, helpful tips on a host of operational issues, and plenty of success stories.
How to Utilize Legal Assistants in Pro Bono Publico Programs
This publication from the Standing Committee on Legal Assistants encourages the utilization of legal assistants in pro bono public law programs that provide legal services to those who cannot afford to hire an attorney. Legal assistants volunteering in pro bono efforts are subject to the same laws, rules, and ethical considerations that apply to legal assistants in employment situations.
Directory of Law School Public Interest and Pro Bono Programs
The Directory of Law School Public Interest and Pro Bono Programs is designed to assist prospective law students interested in public interest and pro bono programs find the law school that best matches their interests and to assist individual law schools seeking to develop strong pro bono and public interest programs.
Making a Connection and a Difference with America's Youth: a Service Guide for Lawyers
A special publication of the ABA Commission on Youth at Risk and the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, in partnership with the Legal Marketing Association and LexisNexis, this guide focuses on programs for youth aged 13 – 21 run by bar associations or programs with significant bar involvement and describes ways that attorneys can devote time and expertise to helping youth avoid delinquent acts.
Making Pro Bono A Priority: A Bar Leader's Handbook
A guidebook for bar leaders that discusses models through which bar associations can play an integral role in the delivery of legal services to the poor. The Handbook includes examples of the specific application of these models around the country, along with contact names and phone numbers.
Manual for Pro Bono and Legal Services Dispute Resolution Programs
This ABA Section of Dispute Resolution publication has the tools pro bono and legal services programs need to design a mediation program. The manual provides governing boards, chief executives and mediation program administrators the information needed to start a new program or to strengthen an existing program. It covers the benefits of mediation, how to design a program, the financial resources needed and where to find them, staffing the program, the recruitment of appropriate volunteer mediators, the screening and processing of cases, and sample forms and training tools.
The Path to Pro Bono: An Interviewing Tool for Law Students
The Pro Bono Committee and the Center for Pro Bono have developed this brochure to assist law students in assessing a law firm's commitment to pro bono. Although primarily designed for students participating in on-campus interviewing with large firms, the brochure is also a good tool for those students pursuing careers with small and mid-size firms and corporate in-house legal departments. To inquire about receiving bulk copies while supplies last, please contact Center for Pro Bono Staff.
Pro Bono Clients: Strategies for Success
This brochure is available to pro bono programs for distribution to volunteer attorneys. The brochure outlines eight tips to help attorneys understand and effectively serve their pro bono clients. It also identifies resources for further reading on the topic of working with low-income populations.
Pro Bono Connection Archive
The Pro Bono Connection, a publication of the ABA Center for Pro Bono, is archived with past editions available here.
Pro Bono Project Development: A Deskbook for Government and Public Sector Lawyers
This publication is a joint project of the Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division and the Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service to: (1) encourage greater government attorney participation in pro bono, and (2) assist government offices and pro bono programs to create effective policies and projects. The manual guides managing government attorneys, pro bono practitioners, and project coordinators through the issues that impact a government attorney pro bono project. The manual also includes many examples of federal, state, and local policies and procedures that will provide the foundation for successful projects.
Rural Pro Bono Delivery: A Guide to Pro Bono Legal Services in Rural Areas
This guide is designed as a resource for legal services providers, bar associations and volunteer lawyer programs looking for ways to serve clients in rural areas and strengthen the support system for the advocates who help rural clients. It contains much useful information, including an analysis of the barriers to rural legal services delivery, examples of strategies that have been used successfully by many projects, and links to other rural resources.
Senior Lawyers Organizing & Volunteering: A National Profile
This is a joint publication of the ABA Senior Lawyers Division and the Center for Pro Bono includes information on topics such as organizing at the state and local level, developing pro bono projects, emeritus attorney rules, reduction or waiver of bar fees and dues, and much more.
The Kids in Building 160
The Kids in Building 160 is a series of children’s books created by author Jo S. Kittinger and illustrator Chuck Galey, A Breath of Hope (ABA Publishing, 2012; Spanish Ed., ABA Publishing, 2013) and Helping a Hero (ABA Publishing, 2013). The concept was developed by Anthony H. Barash, a former Director of the ABA Center for Pro Bono (2005-2009) and a Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow (2010), to advance the mission of legal literacy as a tool of self-empowerment for those who are unable to afford legal assistance in times of need. The Kids in Building 160, though children’s books, do not offer an unambiguous “happy ending.” That is not the world in which the children and families coping with the circumstances described in these books live. Rather, they offer a promising beginning, enabled by self-empowered kids who can make a difference in their families’ lives.