Throughout its history, one of the goals of the American Bar Association has been to apply the knowledge and experience of the legal profession to promotion of the public good. This is the overriding mission of the Division for Public Services, providing staff support and expertise for attorney-directed programs and activities that lend focus, voice, and visibility to the Association’s public service role.
Seven membership groups carry out the work of this Division. Through their programs, the Association studies important legal and policy issues affecting society and formulates remedial responses ranging from policy positions to demonstration projects, model legislation, technical assistance, videos, clearinghouses, public education initiatives, working conferences, and publications. These activities are advanced with an annual budget deriving from membership dues along with gifts and grants to the Association’s Fund for Justice and Education. The members who direct these efforts are primarily, but not exclusively, lawyer members of the Association. They include distinguished legal scholars, judges, lawyers in the public interest community, private firm practitioners, corporate and government analysts, health professionals, scientists, and economists.