Pro Bono

517 ABA Journal Pro Bono articles.

Mass shootings prompt bar associations to offer pro bono services to survivors and victims’ families

Attorneys are flocking to volunteer for bar association programs that help with probate, child custody, guardianship, victim compensation or trust matters.

Schiff Hardin partner and former Green Beret leads firm’s pro bono pilot program for veterans

Led by Mir Ali, Schiff Hardin lawyers in the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program have started representing veterans and their loved ones in appealing U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs denials of benefits.

ABA ‘will bend the moral arc towards justice,’ President Bob Carlson says
The ABA sets the gold standard for the American legal profession, ABA President Bob Carlson told the ABA House of Delegates on Monday—and it will never stop championing due process and the rule of law.
Job-seeking lawyer loses age discrimination case before full 7th Circuit
A Chicago-area lawyer who challenged an experience cap in a legal job ad has lost his case before the en banc 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Chicago.
New suit filed challenging Trump’s asylum requirements and Whitaker’s appointment

Two immigrants who were denied asylum because they entered the United States outside official checkpoints are among the plaintiffs in a new suit that was filed this week in…

Kentucky pro bono organization uses bus as mobile legal aid clinic

Kentucky’s Legal Aid of the Bluegrass recently equipped a 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van with a mobile law office, including bench seating for six, as well as a desk, multiple computers, video-conferencing equipment, a printer and Wi-Fi. A sky-blue autowrap with the words Justice Bus in white runs along its sides. You don’t have to have a special license to operate the vehicle, so staff and volunteer lawyers do the driving.

ABA-backed legislation will help domestic violence survivors get pro bono legal help

The Pro bono Work to Empower and Represent Act of 2018 moved through Congress with strong bipartisan support. The ABA is applauding the enactment this past fall of legislation to help survivors of domestic violence gain access to pro bono legal services.

BigLaw pro bono efforts challenge Trump administration on immigration
Several major law firms are aiding or bringing court cases that challenge Trump administration immigration policies.
Veterans Day and the role of volunteer lawyers
As we come together on Veterans Day to honor the sacrifices of our fellow Americans in their military service, we must not forget the many challenges that continue after their separation from active-duty service.
In appearance celebrating pro bono, Justice Kagan expresses concern about views of politicized court
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan talked about the issue of a politicized court in a Q&A session with ABA President Bob Carlson at Georgetown Law on Wednesday.
Hurricane Michael survivors in Florida can call hotline for legal assistance

Hurricane Michael survivors can now call a hotline at 1-866-550-2929 to get legal help from volunteer lawyers.

The hotline is a partnership of the Disaster Legal Services Program of the…

North Carolina order opens up pro bono opportunities to serve Hurricane Florence victims

As our concerns are with those in the path of Hurricane Michael, lawyers across America are eligible for a pro bono opportunity made possible by a recent order of the North Carolina Supreme Court. The order permits out-of-state lawyers to temporarily provide pro bono legal services to low- to moderate-income North Carolina residents affected by Hurricane Florence.

Have an innovative idea to serve community legal needs? This ABE grant program could be for you
Applications are open for the American Bar Endowment's Opportunity Grant Program, which gives one-time monetary awards to innovative legal services or research programs offered by nonprofit groups. Previous Opportunity Grant awardees include Kentucky's Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, which used the money to buy a Mercedes Sprinter van outfitted with a mobile law office, and the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, which started a medical-legal partnership embedded in a diagnostic clinic for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
Serving the public good: Pro Bono Celebration 2018 highlights disaster resiliency efforts

Oct. 21-27 is the 10th anniversary of the Annual National Celebration of Pro Bono—a nationwide opportunity for lawyers to honor our responsibility to the profession and our communities by volunteering to serve those who cannot afford legal services. This year’s Pro Bono Celebration will showcase disaster resiliency activities. United States Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan will serve as honorary chair.

Atlanta pro bono program expands to resolve elementary school students’ housing issues

The Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation addressed issues in an apartment complex where evictions are routine and black mold is rampant.

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