Now more than ever, pro bono is more than just the right thing to do.
For the sixth 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.
Our goal this year is to increase the number of visible pro bono events held in October.
If you already have a pro bono event planned, make sure to register your event here on the State Bar's Pro Bono Month website. If you haven't planned an event yet, please join us in celebrating pro bono month this year by organizing an October event. Our website includes much more information, suggestions for organizing events, and links to talking points for Michigan's "Now more than ever" theme. Keep visiting for updates that will be posted as they are developed. We will publicize your event on the State Bar's Pro Bono Month website.
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.
2014 Pro Bono Month Theme and Talking Points
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.
Submit Your Event! Have your Pro Bono Month event added to our calendar.
Menu of Opportunities
Governor Snyder Proclaims October 2013 as Pro Bono Month
On behalf of the people of Michigan, I, Governor Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2013 as Pro-Bono Month.
Read the Entire Proclamation PDF
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] PDF
University of Michigan Law School Voluntary Pro Bono Pledge PDF
Links of Interest