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. 

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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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Pro Bono Now

In response to urgent legal needs on multiple fronts, join us in committing to providing 10 hours of pro bono over the next three months of 2022.

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If you’re a tenant having trouble paying your rent, utilities, or other housing costs, help may be available. The federal Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program was created to help tenants like you cover housing costs and stay in stable housing during the coronavirus pandemic. Many programs are taking applications from both tenants and landlords. So if you’re a landlord, you’re in the right place too. ERA funds come from the federal government, but local programs are distributing the money in their own communities.

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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Support Our Projects

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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ABA COVID-19 Pro Bono Bar Network

The ABA COVID-19 Pro Bono Bar Network is a peer-learning network, supporting pro bono models providing pro bono legal services to address the legal needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Practice Forward Amid COVID-19

Move your practice and the legal profession forward during the pandemic and beyond with continually updated tools and resources

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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Become an ABA Member

For public interest lawyers serving the common good, the American Bar Association is your home for building a public interest legal practice and championing the issues important to you.

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Support Pro Bono Services

Your donation will enable low-income citizens to post and get answers to their legal questions from pro bono volunteer lawyers who are licensed in their state.

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