About the Award

The Pro Bono Publico Awards are presented during the ABA Annual Meeting. The awards program seeks to identify and honor individual lawyers and small and large law firms, government attorney offices, corporate law departments and other institutions in the legal profession that have enhanced the human dignity of others by improving or delivering volunteer legal services to our nation's poor and disadvantaged. These services are of critical importance to the increasing number of people in this country living in a state of poverty who need legal representation to improve their lives.

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2021 Pro Bono Publico Award

The nomination period has closed. The Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service considers nominees from every race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, ability, family status and socioeconomic status in our effort to recognize the accomplishments of richly varied perspectives. The Committee also encourages the nominations of attorneys who are newer to the practice of law to publicize their accomplishments and to inspire others to commit to pro bono participation.

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2020 ABA Pro Bono Publico Award Recipients

The American Bar Association will present awards to three individual lawyers and two organizations for demonstrating outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged.

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Past Recipients

The commitment, energy and new approaches to the delivery of pro bono service demonstrated by past recipients serve as models for others in the legal profession.

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Other Awards

The ABA has several other Pro Bono and Public Service Awards

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