ABA’s Center for Pro Bono coordinates the nationwide delivery of legal services to those in need – no small feat, given that lawyers are encouraged to offer 50 hours of free service annually. Operating under the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, the Center maintains a directory of volunteer opportunities to match a variety of interests.
ABA Free Legal Answers
ABA Free Legal Answers is a virtual legal clinic, offering counsel on civil issues ranging from landlord/tenant matters to family concerns to consumer fraud. Clients verify their eligibility for free assistance and post their questions by email – up to three annually. In the first eight months of operation, more than 2,200 lawyers have volunteered to answer questions.
They are not expected to follow with court filings or hearings. Their role is to increase access to advice about non-criminal legal matters to those unable to afford representation.
Immigrant Child Advocacy Network (ICAN)
This groundswell is triggering a critical need for pro bono representation of children in deportation hearings.
The ICAN website was developed by the ABA Working Group on Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants to provide resources related to pro bono representation of children in removal proceedings. It includes a link for attorneys to volunteer to provide legal services to unaccompanied children.
The National Celebration of Pro Bono
The Celebration of Pro Bono is a coordinated national effort to meet the ever-growing needs of this country’s most vulnerable citizens by encouraging and supporting local efforts to expand the delivery of pro bono legal services.
This event showcases the tremendous impact that pro bono lawyers have on the nation, its system of justice and, most of all, on the clients they serve.
The ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service chose to launch this important initiative for two reasons:
- The increasing need for pro bono services during these harsh economic times
- The unprecedented response of attorneys to meet this demand
The National Pro Bono Celebration can be an effective strategic tool for enhancing and expanding local efforts to increase access to justice for all.