About Us

We are the Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and its project, the Center for Pro Bono. We're your source for information on pro bono.

About Us

We are the Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service's and its project, the Center for Pro Bono. We're your source for information on pro bono. The Center for Pro Bono is a major project of the Committee and its implementation arm. The Center provides technical assistance and planning advice to a wide range of constituents in the field, including bar associations, pro bono programs, legal services offices, bar leaders, law schools, corporate counsel, judges and government attorneys. The Center also produces a number of publications, maintains a national Clearinghouse of materials on a wide range of pro bono topics and operates the Peer Consulting Project. The Peer Consulting Project involves peer consulting teams providing on-site technical assistance and planning advice to bar associations, legal services PAI programs, law schools and other groups activating or expanding pro bono programs.

Please contact us to:

321 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654-7598
Email:  abaprobono@americanbar.org

The American Bar Association sponsors a number of programs to improve the justice system, but cannot provide legal representation for your specific legal problems or cases. And, as an association, we do not perform attorney referrals. However, you can find legal information and help in finding a lawyer in your state at our FindLegalHelp site.

If you are in an emergency situation:

  • If you believe a child's safety is threatened or suspect child abuse, you can obtain information at the Child Safety Institute: Child Abuse Prevention Services  website.
  • For domestic violence you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE. They will give you the number for legal services in your area - generally either a shelter with a legal clinic or Legal Aid. There is also helpful information at ABA Commission on Domestic Violence  website
  • For elder abuse, the National Center on Elder Abuse maintains a listing of State Hotlines

PLEASE DO NOT SEND US REQUESTS FOR LEGAL HELP.

Our Staff

Cheryl Zalenski
Counsel, Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service

Tali Albukerk
Staff Attorney/Pro Bono Projects Manager

Marissa LaVette
Assistant Staff Counsel, Center for Pro Bono

Sylvia Knox
Meetings & Committees Specialist

William L. Jones 
Information Coordinator, Center for Pro Bono

Victoria Shea
Administrative Assistant