Do you want to volunteer to provide pro bono legal assistance? No matter your practice or practice setting, there are opportunities for you. Through the resources linked below, you will find the program, the case, the issue, the client and the location best suited for your needs and interests.
- ABA Free Legal Answers is a virtual legal advice clinic. Qualifying users post their civil legal question to their state's website and are emailed when their question receives a response. Attorney volunteers, who must be authorized to provide pro bono assistance in their state, log in to the website, select questions to answer, and provide legal information and advice. Volunteer attorneys do not answer criminal law questions.
- No matter where you live or work, there is a pro bono program that will be of interest to you and that needs your help. Visit The National Pro Bono Volunteer Opportunities Guide to find an organization near you.
- Your state or local bar association has a pro bono committee or program that needs your assistance, and you can find more by clicking here.
- There are legal aid and legal services providers in your community that have pro bono and other programs that will be of interest to you and enable you to serve the poor in your community.
- Many of the American Bar Association entities support pro bono programs. You can learn about the entities here.
- The American Bar Association's Volunteer Legal Project ("VLP") was created in 1986 to assist the ABA's lawyer staff in fulfilling their professional obligation to perform pro bono service. Over the years, lawyers have provided legal services to numerous indigent clients in matters involving bankruptcy, divorce, custody, adoptions, guardianships, public benefits, wills and other matters. If you are a lawyer employed by the ABA and wish to participate in this program, email Marissa LaVette.
- If you are a paralegal, or if you know a paralegal, who wants to volunteer to do pro bono, read this information about pro bono participation.
Targeted Client Populations
- The ABA’s Immigrant Child Advocacy Network (ICAN) connects pro bono attorneys with the tens of thousands of unaccompanied immigrant minor children in America who are scheduled for legal proceedings and have no right to appointed counsel or other adult representing the child’s interests. Without legal help, these children are unsuccessful in pressing their rights in over 90% of cases; with the help of a lawyer, these children prevail most of the time.
- People, businesses and organizations affected by hurricanes and other disasters need legal assistance. You can help by volunteering here.
- The Military Pro Bono Project, unlike legal service programs that assist veterans, is uniquely focused on provision of pro bono services to active-duty service members, many of whom remain deployed to areas of conflict.