In 2019, the State Bar of Michigan (SBM) launched the A Lawyer Helps Pro Bono Honor Roll (Pro Bono Honor Roll) to recognize Michigan attorneys who provided 30 or more hours of pro bono legal services in a calendar year. The 2018 pro bono service hours of more than 1,500 Michigan attorneys, totaling more than 50,000 hours, were reported for consideration for the 2019 Pro Bono Honor Roll.
More than 500 Michigan attorneys qualified for recognition on the 2019 Pro Bono Honor Roll; however, many of the qualifying attorneys and firms requested they not be publicly recognized for their pro bono service. The 2019 Pro Bono Honor Roll recognized, with their permission, 278 individual Michigan attorneys and 10 firms. The attorneys and firms wishing to be recognized for their pro bono service were publicized through many postings on the web, in the July 2019 issue of the Michigan Bar Journal, and through other printed and electronic methods.
The 2020 Pro Bono Honor Roll applications will be available on January 1, 2020, and will be posted on the ALH website. Even if attorneys and firms do not wish to be recognized for their pro bono service, they are encouraged to submit an application for informational purposes only.
For more information about the Pro Bono Honor Roll, the application process, how you can find pro bono volunteer opportunities, and other general pro bono questions, please visit the ALH website or contact SBM Justice Initiatives Counsel Robert Mathis at firstname.lastname@example.org or (517) 346-6412.
About the State Bar of Michigan
Established in 1935, the State Bar of Michigan is composed of more than 45,000 practicing attorneys and judges. The mission of the State Bar is to improve the administration of justice, promote the legal profession, and build public understanding of our legal system. For more information, visit www.michbar.org. Follow SBM on Facebook and on Twitter @MIStateBar. If you are a member of the State Bar, join our group on LinkedIn.