August 05, 2015 Dialogue

And Justice for All: A New Way to Celebrate Pro Bono

This year marks the 7th annual National Celebration of Pro Bono, an initiative of the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service through which lawyers from across the country honor their responsibility to the profession and their communities by volunteering their services to the underserved. This week-long celebration, held October 25-31, 2015, provides an opportunity for legal organizations to commemorate the important contributions of America's lawyers and to recruit and train the many additional volunteers required to meet the growing demand.

This year, ABA President-Elect Paulette Brown will be launching a new signature event,

And Justice for All: An ABA Day of Service. This special presidential initiative is an attempt to increase Celebration participation to higher levels than ever before.

And Justice for All: An ABA Day of Service will be a strategic tool for enhancing and expanding local efforts to increase access to justice for all. On October 26, 2015, President Brown will be in Portland, Oregon kicking off Pro Bono Week by participating in local pro bono events. Throughout the week, the President’s Office will be making special efforts to recognize the valuable pro bono contributions made by lawyers across the country through a social media blitz, #ABADayofService, and a friendly competition.

On October 30, 2015, the President’s Office will unveil an honor roll of organizations across the country that participated in the Celebration by creating new opportunities for their members to engage in meaningful pro bono service to low income individuals and groups. Special recognition will be awarded to organizations for outstanding contributions during the week based on creativity, number of overall hours contributed, and impact on the community.

For more information about the Celebration and the #ABADayof Service, visit www.celebrateprobono.org or contact the ABA’s Center for Pro Bono staff: celebrateprobono@americanbar.org.