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Proclamations

At the conclusion of the 2009 National Celebration of Pro Bono the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service received a letter from President Barack Obama, honoring the pro bono work of America's lawyers . Support from government officials and judges is one important way of celebrating the critical value that pro bono volunteers bring to communities, families and organizations across the country.

Past National Celebrations of Pro Bono have featured many successful efforts to generated proclamations and to use them in meaningful and motivational ways. Examples include:

Government Officials


Governors:

Georgia
http://www.probono.net/celebrateprobono/resources/item.341948-Governor_of_Georgia


Louisiana

http://www.probono.net/celebrateprobono/resources/item.342190-State_of_Louisiana_Governors_Proclamation


Massachusetts

http://www.probono.net/celebrateprobono/resources/item.270652-Commonwealth_of_Massachusetts_Proclamation_of_Pro_Bono_Month


North Carolina
http://www.ncbar.org/about/communications/news/2009-news-articles/gov-perdue-issues-pro-bono-week-proclamation.aspx


Elected Representatives:

Panellas County Florida Commissioners

http://www.probono.net/celebrateprobono/resources/item.342187-Panellas_County_FL_Commissioners_Proclamation


Delaware House Of Representatives Resolution

http://www.probono.net/celebrateprobono/resources/item.272178-Delaware_House_of_Representatives_Pro_Bono_Celebration_Week_Resolution


Pinellas County FL Board of County Commissioners
http://www.jud6.org/News/ProBonoWork091021.pdf

Mayors:

Mayors of Akron, Wooster, and Youngstown OH
http://www.communitylegalaid.org/news/291-local-mayors-proclaim-october-25th-31st-as-pro-bono-week

Alabama Bar, sample letter to mayor requesting pro bono proclamation


Judges:

Alabama Judges Joint Resolution
http://www.alabar.org/ProBonoWeek/images/Judicial-Information-Proclamation.pdf


Supreme Court of Iowa
http://www.iowacourts.gov/wfdata/files/Resoluions/probonoresolutionoct09.pdf


Creative Uses of Proclamations


Event Title: Proclamation Display in Lucas County (Ohio) Courthouse
Sponsoring Organization: Toledo Bar Association Pro Bono Legal Services Program
Location: Toledo, Ohio
Contact Information: Pat Intagliata, pintagliata@toledobar.org


Event Title: Pro Bono Week Kick-off Ceremony featuring a display of Proclamations at the New York Court of Appeals
Sponsoring Organization: New York State Bar Association
Location: Albany, New York
Contact Information: Gloria Herron Arthur, garthur@nysba.org

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