Center for Public Interest Law

Carrying the ABA motto of “Defending Liberty and Pursuing Justice” one step further, the Center for Public Interest Law is committed to “Making Justice Real” for people and communities across the country, at the border and around the world through advocacy, research and education. 

Annual Meeting | August 8-13, 2019

Stay Tuned! Details coming soon on CPIL's programming to be held at this year's Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Center for Public Interest Law Entities

Center on Children and the Law

The Center promotes access to justice for children and families. Our team of attorneys and core staff work on a diverse portfolio of national, regional and local projects in the children’s law field throughout the country. Center projects are unified by two complementary goals: improving legal representation and improving the legal systems that impact children and families.

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Center for Pro Bono

The Center for Pro Bono is a major project of the Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service 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.

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Commission on Youth at Risk

The Commission's work is guided by the recommendations from the Youth at Risk Planning Conference held in February 2006 at the Center for Children, Families and the Law at the Hofstra University School of Law.

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The Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence

Our mission is to increase access to justice for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking by mobilizing the legal profession.

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Commission on Homelessness and Poverty

The Commission is committed to educating the bar and the public about homelessness and poverty and the ways in which the legal community and advocates can assist those in need.

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Commission on Immigration

The Commission directs the Association’s efforts to ensure fair treatment and full due process rights for immigrants and refugees within the United States.

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Commission on Law and Aging

Changing Lives Through Research, Education, and Advocacy

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Death Penalty Representation Project

The Death Penalty Representation Project is the Association’s expert on issues related to the defense effort in death penalty cases. Since 1986 its singular focus has been to improve the quality and availability of legal representation for persons facing possible death sentences.

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Standing Committee on Election Law

The Standing Committee on Election Law and its Advisory Commission comprise a unique entity in that it has been structured as a clearly bi-partisan body. Members are not only appointed based on their election law experience, but careful attention is paid to ensure that the Committee does not become unbalanced in terms of political ideology. The work of the Standing Committee centers on all aspects of the electoral process, thus, as advances in technology and changes in the electorate occur, the Committee remains committed to providing the Association with the most current programming and policy recommendations.

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Standing Committee on Gun Violence

This Standing Committee focuses on reducing gun violence through education, activation, and legislation.

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Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress

The Standing Committee serves as the Association’s connection to and voice of the legal profession concerning the continued development and effective operation of the Law Library of Congress (LLC). The LLC is the world’s largest collection of law books and associated legal materials, with a growing electronic database to access those resources.

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Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service

The Center for Pro Bono is a major project of the Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service 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.

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Highlights

Public Interest Law

The practice of public interest law encompasses protection of individual rights, advancement of justice, and improvements for the good of the general public. All of these important objectives can be accomplished through a variety of means and settings. The Division is committed to providing programming and other resources to help lawyers accomplish these important goals.

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