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Celebrate Pro Bono

Celebrate Pro Bono Week

October 23-29, 2016



ABA Veterans Legal Services Initiative


In connection with ABA President Linda Klein’s ABA Veterans Legal Services Initiative, we encourage you to plan and participate in service to veterans as part of the 2016 Celebration. Legal barriers often keep veterans from receiving their rightful benefits and services, and many have unique legal needs in areas including family law, consumer law, housing, employment, criminal law, guardianships and conservatorships, administrative challenges resulting from service, and other matters.
We will be make special efforts to recognize the valuable pro bono contributions of lawyers across the country through a little friendly competition and a social media blitz using the hashtag #ABAServingVeterans.

For additional information, please visit

Click here to register your events serving veterans.


ABA President Linda Klein welcomes you to the National Celebration of Pro Bono!


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

Representing Service Members and Veterans CLE

Saturday October 29, 2016

By:  William & Mary Law School Puller Veterans Benefits Clinic 
William & Mary Law School
613 South Henry Street
Williamsburg, VA




Effectively Representing the Veteran Client: Legal and Cultural Basics



(Recording of the free webinar Monday August 15, 2016)

Providing effective representation to veterans, whether in civil or criminal matters, presents a unique set of concerns for attorneys, particularly those who have not served themselves. Most critical is an understanding of familiarity substantive and cultural fundamentals, particularly when representation involves navigating the complex web of benefits intended to help low-income and justice-involved veterans. This session provides an analytic framework to understand who is a "veteran" under the law, what rights and benefits attach to that status, key issue identification, and cultural practices for attorneys serving veterans in a system where good will has not always yielded good outcomes.

You will not receive CLE credit from the ABA for viewing the recorded program. If you are licensed in a state that allows self-study CLE credit, you will have to apply directly to your state certification authority if you wish to receive CLE credit.

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