Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service

Our mission is to ensure access to justice through the expansion and enhancement of the delivery of legal and other law-related services to the underserved through volunteer efforts of legal professionals nationwide. We foster the development of pro bono programs and activities by law firms, bar associations, corporate legal departments, law schools, government attorney offices and others; analyze the scope and function of pro bono programs; and propose and review policy that affects lawyers' ability to provide pro bono legal services.

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Along with its policy initiatives, we actively engage in outreach to the judiciary, government attorney offices, law schools, minority bar associations, small and mid-size law firms, and in-house corporate legal departments. We are also the primary sponsor of the annual Pro Bono Publico Awards. We co-sponsor the annual Equal Justice Conference with the National Legal Aid and Defender Association. The Conference brings together all components of the legal community for plenary sessions, workshops, networking opportunities and special programming.

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Your donation supports our efforts to increase the delivery of pro bono legal services to persons who cannot otherwise afford an attorney.

ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference

The Equal Justice Conference is co-sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and National Legal Aid & Defender Association. The Equal Justice Conference joins all components of the civil legal aid community to discuss and address issues related to the delivery of legal services to low-income individuals in need of legal assistance.

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Celebrate Pro Bono

Although national in breadth, this initiative provides an opportunity for legal organizations across the country to collaboratively commemorate the vitally important contributions of America's lawyers and to recruit and train the many additional volunteers required to meet the growing demand. With the enthusiastic involvement of national, statewide and local partners, from all components of the legal profession, the National Pro Bono Celebration is creating a wave of positive energy about the pro bono movement in this country. In Honor of the 10th Anniversary of the National Celebration, the Standing Committee is proud to announce Justice Elena Kagan will serve as Honorary Chair of the 2018 National Celebration of Pro Bono!

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Immigrant Child Advocacy Network - ICAN Project

The ABA Working Group on Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants mission is to develop and implement an immediate response to the critical need for pro bono representation of children in removal proceedings. In order to further that mission, the Working Group created the Immigrant Child Advocacy Network (ICAN). This website is the hub for the resources related to pro bono representation of children in removal proceedings and includes a link for attorneys to volunteer to provide legal services to unaccompanied children.

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Volunteer for ABA Free Legal Answers in Your State

ABA Free Legal Answers is an online version of the walk-in clinic model where clients request brief advice and counsel about a specific civil legal issue from a volunteer lawyer. Lawyers provide information and basic legal advice without any expectation of long-term representation. The purpose of the website is to increase access to advice and information about non-criminal legal matters to those who cannot afford it.

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Projects and Awards

Pro Bono Publico Award

Each year the Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service presents five awards to individual lawyers and institutions in the legal profession that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged.

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The Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service supports a variety of projects that engage attorneys in pro bono and recognize their contributions.

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