Pro Bono Month 2020


Now more than ever, pro bono is more than just the right thing to do.

For the twelfth 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

Submit Your Event! Have your Pro Bono Month event added to our calendar.

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

Menu of Opportunities

ABA National Pro Bono Celebration Events
Celebration ToolkitEvent Ideas | Public Relation Strategies | Many Other Resources

Michigan Law Related Organizations SearchFind 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.


Pro Bono Month Proclamation


Governor Whitmer Proclaims October 2019 as Pro Bono Month

On behalf of the people of Michigan, I, Gretchen Whitmer, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2019 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

Past Activities

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2009 Events & Final Report