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. The ABC Project ("A Business Commitment"--a project of the ABA Section of Business Law Pro Bono Committee) has now made it easier to locate pro bono business entities by providing the ABC Manual Directory.
is a new brochure published by the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution that 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.
A how-to-manual that contains tips for mid-sized law firms in developing pro bono policies and projects.
California Handbook for Disaster Legal Services
is a publication of the State Bar of California, Office of Legal Services, Foundation of the State Bar. The Handbook is a compilation of the collective experience and wisdom gained from those in the legal services community who have been actively involved in disaster response since the Loma Prieta earthquake in October 1989. It is a very comprehensive resource but by no means an exhaustive review of disaster legal services. We suggest you first print the table of contents to determine which sections you may find of interest. Click here to access the Table of Contents. This publication is lengthy. For your convenience, we have divided it into 4 parts: Sections 1 - 6;
was compiled to help direct individuals and communities needing legal assistance on environment justice matters free of charge for their services to eligible clients.
is a free on-line publication 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.
is now available through the Standing Committee on Legal Assistants.
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.
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.
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.
[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 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.
, is a brochure 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.
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.
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.
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.