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In Pro Bono Address, ABA President Says Independent Legal Profession, Judiciary Are Key to Democracy

Posted Oct 25, 2011 8:36 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III kicked off the National Pro Bono Summit on Monday with an address expressing support for an independent judiciary and legal profession.

Robinson applauded those at the meeting for their commitment to pro bono work and offered some thoughts about the importance of independence, the National Law Journal (reg. req.) reports. "The key to constitutional democracy [is] an independent judiciary where an independent legal profession stands up and speaks out for that judiciary and an independent profession that [is] committed to pro bono representation to assure access to justice for everyone," Robinson said.

Robinson spoke as Celebrate Pro Bono Week got underway. More than 600 pro bono events are planned throughout the United States as part of the celebration sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, according to an ABA press release.

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