The Pro Bono Publico Award

The ABA Pro Bono Publico Award is presented each year by the Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service to honor individual lawyers, law firms, law schools, government attorney offices, corporate law departments & other legal institutions that have enhanced the human dignity of others by improving or delivering volunteer legal services to the poor.

Who won in previous years? - View the past awardees

ABA Free Legal Answers

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. There is no fee for the use of the system or for the advice and information provided by the lawyer.

Knowledge Center

The Center maintains a Knowledge Center of documents helpful to pro bono programs.


ICAN: Immigrant Child Advocacy Network

The Working Group on Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants, established by ABA President William Hubbard, with the approval of the Board of Governors, represents a cross-section of various ABA entities, including the Commission on Immigration, Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities, Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, Section of Family Law, Section of Litigation, Commission on Youth at Risk, Section of International Law, Business Law Section, and the Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division. The Working Group’s 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.

The Center Peer Consulting Project

Through the Peer Consulting Project, the Center for Pro Bono makes available the expertise of experienced volunteer consultants. Center staff and these volunteers provide telephone and on-site consulting to pro bono programs, state planning groups, in-house corporate legal departments, government attorney offices, judges, minority bar associations and law schools regarding pro bono initiatives. A central part of the Project's focus is linking pro bono programs with new partners that can provide additional resources for expanding pro bono efforts. Technical assistance is available on the topics of program operations (i.e., recruiting, training, fundraising, use of technology, advice and referral), as well as planning efforts (i.e., priority-setting, collaboration with other community providers) and identifying new resources for meeting unmet legal needs.

Past Projects and Other ABA Awards