Rising to Meet the Challenge: Pro Bono Response to COVID-19


In 2020, we encourage you to recognize the efforts of pro bono programs and attorneys across the country who are working hard to address the many legal needs arising from the coronavirus pandemic.  The 2020 National Celebration will showcase the incredible difference that pro bono lawyers make to our nation, to our system of justice, to our communities, and most of all, to the clients they serve. 

We understand that the 2020 Celebration may look different than years past, and that planning is difficult when the future is unknown. We are here to support you with resources to assist with planning your events and campaigns.


Remote Legal Services Guides

Remote Legal Support: A Guide for Non-Profit and Pro Bono Innovation--Developed by Pro Bono Net and Immigration Advocates Network in March 2020. 

Remote Clinic Toolkit: Developed by OneJustice that consists of a project management system, privacy and confidentiality best practices, surveys, pro bono models, and data collection strategies. 

Report: Resource Guide on Serving Self-Represented Litigants Remotely (SRLN 2016) 

LSNTAP's 50 Practical Remote Work Tech Tips

Remote Legal Assistance: Expanding Capacity for Remote Pro Bono Services

COVID Resources

Coronavirus Resources

Center for Pro Bono COVID-19 Resources Page

ABA COVID  Task Force


Virtual Award and Event Resources

How to Run a Virtual Awards Ceremony, By: Lindsay Nash, March 30, 2020 on Award Force

Delivering Event Experiences Without Events: 9 Ideas to Make It Happen, By: Megan Heuer, March 11, 2020, on Business 2 Community

The Show Must Go On: Bars Develop Virtual Law Day Celebrations, By: Marilyn Cavicchia, Bar Leader, July/August 2020

How to Host a Virtual Gala, by: Lindsey Himphill, MobileCause, 2020

Despite Pandemic, Bar Celebrations and Events Roll On, ABA Bar Leader, September-October 2020

Social Media 

Every year during the Celebration, organizations around the country use social media to promote their pro bono work and recognize attorneys who have done outstanding pro bono during the year. Check out the Celebration Twitter feed to see examples! You can include testimonials and pictures, or even do a video to recognize your volunteers!