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Pro Bono Opportunities and Information for Lawyers

Welcome to the ISBA’s Standing Committee on Delivery of Legal Services webpage on Pro Bono Opportunities and Information for Lawyers. This page will inform members of pro bono opportunities available to Illinois lawyers through various legal service providers. It also contains stories about pro bono opportunities and the experiences other lawyers have had participating in pro bono. The Illinois State Bar Association encourages lawyers to participate in pro bono activities and give back to their communities.

National Pro Bono Week

National Pro Bono Celebration Week was October 23-29, 2016

Coordinated by the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, Pro Bono Week is intended to inspire even greater pro bono participation by lawyers throughout the nation. This initiative provides an opportunity for legal organizations across the country to collaboratively commemorate the vitally important contributions of America's lawyers and to recruit and train the many additional volunteers required to meet the growing demand. The Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service undertook this initiative to provide a format for showcasing the incredible difference that pro bono lawyers make to our nation, to our system of justice, to our communities and, most of all, to the clients they serve. For more information, visit www.celebrateprobono.org.

The ISBA, through its Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, has commemorated this national celebration each year by encouraging its members to do pro bono and by recognizing those who meet the call. Last year, the ISBA launched its Pro Bono Partner initiative, through which members commit to: (1) seek out the local pro bono legal services being supplied to individuals or charitable, religious or civic organizations in their community; (2) attend or support a recognition ceremony for those who participate in pro bono services in their community; (3) consider attending trainings provided to lawyers who provide pro bono services; and (4) commit to joining the efforts to increase access to the legal system.

Become a Pro Bono Partner

You are also encouraged to write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper highlighting the good works of local lawyers, ask that a proclamation be adopted by your local government, or other activities to promote this event and recognize the efforts of current pro bono volunteers. Below is a sample letter and a proclamation you can download and use.

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Legal Trivia for National Pro Bono Week

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How much Illinois Attorneys Contribute to Pro Bono Legal Services Already

In 2015, the ARDC reports that 31,362 lawyers in Illinois provided pro bono legal services by providing more than 2,055,987 hours of free legal services and 17,565 Illinois lawyers also donated nearly $15 million dollars to help fund additional legal services. Although it is apparent there is widespread dedication among Illinois lawyers to pro bono causes, there is still an unmet need for more legal assistance. In addition, $95 of every annual registration fee last year was used to fund legal services in this state. Since 2003, the first year that the ARDC began collecting the funds, over $40 million has been remitted to the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois.

Find the Pro Bono Program that is Right for You

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Spotlight on Pro Bono

Informative and uplifting articles on pro bono opportunities and experiences