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Celebrate Pro Bono

Thank you for participating in the 7th Annual National Celebration of Pro Bono! 

Over the past seven years, with your help, the ABA's Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service has succeeded in creating an annual national spotlight on pro bono.

Our collective efforts are helping to increase access to justice for all!


Save the date:

Celebrate Pro Bono Week

October 23-29, 2016



ABA President Paulette Brown would like to thank all of the participants in this year’s signature event “And Justice for All: An ABA Day of Service.”

The event was a great success and demonstrated the commitment of America’s lawyers to pro bono service.

President Brown is proud to announce the winners of the Day of Service competition:


Law Firms (under 20)

First place: Law Office of Valorie Joy Promisel, Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

Second place (TIE): Law Plus Plus, Durham, NC &
Jackson and Wilson Inc., Laguna Hills, CA  

Law Firms (100-500)

First place: Dykema Gossett PLLC, Detroit, MI

Second place: Lowenstein Sandler LLP, Roseland, NJ
Third place (TIE): Stinson Leonard Street LLP, Kansas City, MO &  
Garvey Schubert Barer, Seattle WA

Law Firms (500+)

First place: Latham & Watkins

Second place: Kirkland & Ellis
Third place: Greenberg Traurig

Law Schools

First place: Wake Forest School of Law Pro Bono Project, Winston-Salem NC

Second place: Duquesne Law School, Pittsburgh PA
Third place: Levin College of Law, University of Florida, Gainesville FL

Corporate Law departments

First place: Coca-Cola Company Legal Division, Atlanta GA

Second place: Capital One Legal Team, New Orleans LA
Third place: ACE Group, New York NY

Bar Associations (<500)

First place: Tuscaloosa County Bar Association

Second place (TIE): Lake County Bar Association, Painesville OH &
Washington Council of Lawyers, Washington D.C.

Bar Associations (500<5000)

First place (TIE): Capital Area Bar Association, Jackson MS &

Montgomery County Bar Association, Montgomery AL
Second place: Louisville Bar Association, Louisville, KY

Bar Associations 5000+

First place: Alabama State Bar

Second place: Ohio State Bar Association
Third place (TIE): Dallas Bar Association &
Houston Bar Association

Specialty & Diversity Bars

First place: American Immigration Lawyers Association

Second place: Black Women’s Empowerment Institute, Pittsburgh PA
Third place: Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey

Legal Aid and Pro Bono Programs

First place: Nevada Legal Services

Second place: Legal Aid of East Tennessee
Third place: Legal Aid Services of Oregon


Thank you to all the organizations that participated in the National

Celebration of Pro Bono and the ABA Day of Service. 


Why Celebrate Pro Bono?

Picture of confetti in the airThe ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service chose to launch this important initiative because of the increasing need for pro bono services during these harsh economic times and 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. Use it to increase pro bono participation and expand legal services to low income individuals and groups.

Although national in breadth, the Celebration provides an opportunity for local legal associations across the country to take the next step in their efforts to provide high quality legal services to those living on the social margins.

A guiding principle of the Pro Bono Committee is to support these local efforts and to assist in their growth and effectiveness by providing information, planning guides, resources, and consultation services through this website. The legal needs of the poor are local issues, and although nationwide, this celebration is intended to have a local focus and impact. Goals for the celebration include:
1. Recruiting more pro bono volunteers and increasing legal services to poor and vulnerable people.
2. Mobilizing community support for pro bono.
3. Fostering collaborative relationships
4. Recognizing the pro bono efforts of America's lawyers

This site is designed to maximize participation in the National Pro Bono Celebration. Please visit often for updates, and contact us for additional information and assistance.

"We are bound by a responsibility to use our
unique skills and training - not just to advance cases, but to serve a cause; and to help our nation fulfill its founding promise of equal justice under law...The obligation of pro bono service must become a part of the DNA of both the legal profession and of every lawyer." Eric Holder

Read Attorney General Eric Holder's address to participants at the National Pro Bono Summit on October 24, 2011 in Washington, D.C.

Featured Event

Immigrant Child Advocacy Network (ICAN)
Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants Legal Representation National Sign Up Campaign


The ABA Working Group on Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants invites you to sign up to take  a pro bono case of an unaccompanied minor immigrant in observance of the National Day of Service on October 30, 2015 as part of the  ABA Celebrate Pro Bono Week.


Click here for more information and to register.

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