Now more than ever, pro bono is more than just the right thing to do.
For the eighth year, the State Bar of Michigan has designated October as Pro Bono Month, joining the American Bar Association and many other states in selecting October as a time to highlight the need for and importance of pro bono civil legal assistance to low-income people. All across the country, lawyers will be taking part in events to educate the public and the legal profession about pro bono legal services.
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Robert Mathis, SBM's Pro Bono Service Counsel, at (517)346-6412 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 Pro Bono Month Season
Volunteer Online! Find out how you can obtain a referral for a pro bono case. Complete the online volunteer form or contact your local legal aid program.
Contribute Online! Make a financial donation through the Access to Justice Fund to support legal aid by visiting www.atjfund.org.
Menu of Opportunities
ABA National Pro Bono Celebration Events
Celebration Toolkit—Event Ideas | Public Relation Strategies | Many Other Resources
Michigan Law Related Organizations Search—Find a legal services provider in your area.
Pro Bono Opportunities for Lawyers
Recognizing Pro Bono Service
A Lawyer Helps—Lawyers make a difference for people and for society. They solve legal problems, provide free legal help to the poor, and give time to many other community efforts.
Circle of Excellence —Recognizing firms and corporations who have demonstrated full compliance with the Voluntary Pro Bono Standard adopted by the Representative Assembly in 1990.
Governor Snyder Proclaims October 2015 as Pro Bono Month
On behalf of the people of Michigan, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2015 as Pro-Bono Month.
Read the Entire Proclamation
Law School Resources
Cooley Law School offers pro bono programs to assist people or groups who cannot afford to pay. Each program provides law-related assistance and provides an opportunity for Cooley students to engage in legal work under the supervision of an attorney. [more]
University of Michigan Law School Voluntary Pro Bono Pledge
Links of Interest
Pro Bono Initiative State Bar of Michigan
Pro Bono Toolkit for Michigan Judges
And Justice for All—A Report on Pro Bono in Michigan
Supporting Justice II A report on the pro bono work of America's lawyers
Pro Bono Institute