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ABA Free Legal Answers

By Marissa LaVette

As Co-Chairs of your Pro Bono and Public Service Committee, we strive to find interesting and convenient ways for the Division’s members to fulfill their professional obligation to provide pro bono legal services. This article describes a new ABA association-wide project: a virtual legal clinic that lets you pick a pro bono question from a screened online system (either in your state or associated with a disaster) and answer it at your convenience. The project does all the screening, and many states have set it up so that the client does not know your name. No need to meet or even e-mail a client, and if you cannot answer a question, you can simply put it back into the online system. We know our Division members have busy legal careers and already outperform others in providing free and discount legal service; we hope you try ABA Free Legal Answers and believe you will conclude it provides a convenient means for providing pro bono to worthy clients.

—Kathleen J. Hopkins and Jaime Hawk

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