Executive Order 12988 - William J. Clinton
February 5, 1996
(In Relevant Part)
Civil Justice Reform
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and in order to improve access to justice for all persons who wish to avail themselves of court and administrative adjudicatory tribunals to resolve disputes, to facilitate the just and efficient resolution of civil claims involving the United States Government, to encourage the filing of only meritorious civil claims, to improve legislative and regulatory drafting to reduce needless litigation, to promote fair and prompt adjudication, before administrative tribunals, and to provide a model for swimilar reforms of litigation practices in the private sector and in various states, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Sec. 2. Government Pro Bono and Volunteer Services. All Federal agencies should develop appropriate programs to encourage and facilitate pro bono legal and other volunteer service by government employees to be performed on their own time, including attorneys, as permitted by statute, regulation or other rule or guideline.