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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





North Carolina

Elected Representatives:

Panellas County Florida Commissioners

Delaware House Of Representatives Resolution

Pinellas County FL Board of County Commissioners


Mayors of Akron, Wooster, and Youngstown OH

Alabama Bar, sample letter to mayor requesting pro bono proclamation


Alabama Judges Joint Resolution

Supreme Court of Iowa

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,

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,