The immediate and long-term impact of legal services can be life-changing…or even life-saving.

The immediate and long-term impact of legal services can be life-changing…or even life-saving.

ABA Death Penalty Representation Project

The ABA Death Penalty Representation Project is the only national program working to recruit and train pro bono lawyers when the ultimate penalty is on the line. The ABA neither supports nor opposes capital punishment, but it does believe that criminal defendants, regardless of their innocence or guilt, must have access to competent lawyers. For Damon Thibodeaux, an inept attorney cost him nearly 15 years and almost his life before he was exonerated. Through donor support, more than 85 death row prisoners like Damon have been saved because of the tireless efforts of our volunteers.

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More than 60 million Americans have family incomes at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Level, including 10 million rural residents.

 More than 60 million Americans have family incomes at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Level, including 10 million rural residents.

ABA Free Legal Answers

Through corporate and law firm gifts, ABAFreeLegalAnswers.org connects lawyers with low-income clients with civil legal questions online. In more than two years, over 50,000 questions have been submitted through this virtual legal clinic and more than 5,000 pro bono attorneys have registered to volunteer. This platform serves thousands nationwide and also helps address the justice crisis in rural America where a disproportionate percentage of people live in poverty. Online interaction eliminates rural families having to travel long distances to find a lawyer or be constrained by legal aid office hours.

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Every dollar that you give sustains current legal services in place or expands the scope of work already being accomplished.

Every dollar that you give sustains current legal services in place or expands the scope of work already being accomplished.

ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty

The ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty convened a Homeless Court Summit of over 100 legal and social welfare advocates to discuss this comprehensive and holistic approach to addressing homelessness. Homeless Courts allow participants to resolve minor infractions which serve as barriers to treatment, housing, and employment. Instead of facing fines and incarceration, participants receive counseling or job training. A Homeless Court helped John, an army veteran suffering from PTSD, overcome an alcohol addiction and receive the legal services needed to reconnect with society. Nearly 50 Homeless courts exist nationwide and donor support makes continued growth possible.

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