PA Governor Tom Corbett Proclaims 2012 Pro Bono Week
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
- Organization: Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Office
The last week in October has been proclaimed Pennsylvania Pro Bono Week by Governor Tom Corbett and the General Assembly. Pennsylvania Pro Bono Week is an opportunity to highlight the difference lawyers make in their communities, to recruit and train more pro bono volunteers and to acknowledge the partnerships that form the basis for many of the private bar's successful pro bono efforts. Pennsylvania has been a national leader in the now four year old American Bar Association National Pro Bono Week celebration, with events at many sites across the commonwealth. From events such as the Annual Berks County Pro Bono Celebration on October 23rd in Reading featuring longtime legal aid advocate and pro bono champion, former Pennsylvania Governor and United States Attorney General Dick Thornburgh to the PBA's 7th Annual Diversity Summit on the October 26th, with many other events scattered across the state Pennsylvania Bono Week will highlight the good work of Pennsylvania attorneys.
A guiding principle of the PBA Pro Bono Office 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 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 Pennsylvania's lawyers