READY RESOURCES: Ready Resources for Pro Bono and Community Service

Vol. 29 No. 1


Searching for additional resources on pro bono work or community service? Take a look at the ABA publications and CLE packages below, and check out the helpful links to website resources hosted by the GPSolo Division and the ABA. To order any of the products listed below, call the ABA Service Center at 800/285-2221 or visit our website at


Minding Your Own Business: The Solo and Small Firm Lawyer’s Guide to a Profitable Practice

By Ann M. Guinn (ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division; 2010; PC 5150441; $125; GPSolo Member Price $99.95)

Solo and small firm lawyers often get caught in the crossfire of practicing law and managing a business at the same time. This book helps you learn to master the key elements of running a small firm, from finance, to marketing, to anticipating clients’ needs.


Access to Civil Justice in the District of Columbia: A Case Study of the D.C. Access to Justice Commission (Downloadable Article)

By Peter B. Edelman (ABA Judicial Division; 2008; PC 52301004704PDFA03; $19.95; ABA Member Price $14.95)

More than three years into the life of the D.C. Commission, there are tangible accomplishments, a sense of purpose, and a shared belief that the Commission plays a unique role.


Access to Justice in New York City (Downloadable Article)

By Edwina F. Martin (ABA Judicial Division; 2008; PC 52301004703PDFA04; $19.95; ABA Member Price $14.95)

Twenty percent of New Yorkers (2 million people) live in poverty. Few have access to the legal system. Legal Services NYC reports from the trenches.


Access to Justice: The Wisconsin Way (Downloadable Article)

By Shirley S. Abrahamson (ABA Judicial Division; 2008; PC 52301004704PDFA08; $19.95; ABA Member Price $14.95)

Through the eyes of one state supreme court chief justice, a look at her state’s efforts to help the thousands of people who must face the legal system without attorneys to advocate on their behalf.


The Charge of Equal Justice (Downloadable Article)

By Gene R. Nichol (ABA Judicial Division; 2008; PC 52301004703PDFA08; $19.95; ABA Member Price $14.95)

In this time of national self-examination, we must become engaged as citizens who believe that our virtue as a nation is still in the making and who strive to make real the promise of democracy.


Educating Children Without Housing, Third Edition

By Barbara J. Duffield, Laurene M. Heybach, and Patricia F. Julianelle (ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty; 2009; PC 4180015; $14.95)

This revised third edition provides innovative strategies for educators and school administrators, state coordinators and policymakers, and advocates and attorneys to play a role in ensuring the education rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness.


Lawyers Working to End Homelessness

(ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty; 2006; PC 4180012; $17.95)

With contributions from a broad range of lawyers, judges, law students, and service providers, this comprehensive book speaks to all readers who are interested in using their skills to help those who are often overlooked or ignored.


Lessons Learned (the Hard Way) by Lawyers During Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (Downloadable Article)

By Beth E. Abramson and Michael H. Rubin (ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law; 2006; PC 54302002005PDFA04; $19.95; ABA Member Price $14.95)

In light of the devastating effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on every community, including the legal community, the authors investigate the possibility of a model rule to provide for expedient legal solutions and pro bono aid in a future similar disaster.


Mobilizing Judges, Lawyers, and Communities: State Access to Justice Commissions (Downloadable Article)

By Robert Echols and Karla M. Gray (ABA Judicial Division; 2008; PC 52301004703PDFA07; $19.95; ABA Member Price $14.95)

The creation of state access to justice commissions has constituted one of the most important legal developments of the past decade, and judges are the single most important factor in their success.


New Concepts in Equal Access to Justice: Recent State Developments Regarding Civil Right to Counsel (Downloadable Article)

By Terrence J. Brooks (ABA Judicial Division; 2008; PC 52301004704PDFA06; $19.95; ABA Member Price $14.95)

In 2006, the ABA urged recognition of a civil right to counsel. Since then, bar associations, courts, and other organizations have taken decisive steps in the direction of this important goal.


Stoking the Coals: Creating a Culture of Giving and Support for Legal Aid (Downloadable Article)

By Deborah G. Hankinson (ABA Judicial Division; 2008; PC 52301004704PDFA09; $19.95; ABA Member Price $14.95)

A former Texas supreme court justice traveled to Wisconsin to talk about access to justice efforts in both states. Her message is useful for all who are working to advance the cause of equal justice.


Strength in Numbers: A Look at Current Pro Bono Trends (Downloadable Article)

By Steven B. Scudder (ABA Judicial Division; 2008; PC 52301004704PDFA07; $19.95; ABA Member Price $14.95)

The author examines the first national study of pro bono work, describes the critical role judges play in pro bono efforts, and offers practical ways judges can facilitate pro bono representation.


With Encouragement from the Bars, Pro Bono Service Is on the Rise (Downloadable Article)

By Robert J. Derocher (ABA Division for Bar Services; 2009; PC 17101003401PDFA02; $19.95; ABA Member Price $14.95)

With hard times comes an increased demand for pro bono legal assistance. The need is great, but the good news is that lawyers are stepping up—and bars are helping to facilitate those efforts, Here’s a look at what some bars and lawyers are doing to fill the gaps.


GPSolo Division Links

2011 National Solo & Small Firm Conference programming and CLE, including free sessions on representing children in immigration court

Do Something,” GPSolo magazine, July/August 2006

Hope for the Future: The ABA Commission on Youth at Risk,” GPSolo magazine, April/May 2008

Impacting the Lives of Children Through Pro Bono,” GPSolo magazine, April/May 2008

Lawyers’ Service on Nonprofit Boards,” GPSolo magazine, September 2009

Pro Bono and Public Service Committee

Pro Bono: Why Bother?GPSolo magazine, July/August 2005

Qui Bono from Pro Bono?GPSolo magazine, October/November 2005

Representing Homeless Veterans and Youths,” GPSolo magazine, October/November 2011

Rewards and Risks of Pro Bono,” GPSolo magazine, April/May 2003

Sponsors page, featuring links to resources on liability insurance, practice management aids, and more


Popular Threads on SoloSez

Pro Bono Work

Do You Think Volunteering for Legal Services or Doing Pro Bono Work Can Help You Grow Your Practice?

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Other Links from the ABA and Beyond

ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty

ABA Commission on the Renaissance of Idealism in the Legal Profession

ABA Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness

ABA Medical-Legal Partnership Pro Bono Support Project

ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, and its project, the Center for Pro Bono

Equal Justice Conference

Kids in Need of Defense

Legal Services Corporation

National Disaster Legal Aid

National Pro Bono Celebration

National Pro Bono Opportunities Guide

Pro Bono Net



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