Pro Bono Month 2017


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

For the ninth 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

2017 Pro Bono Month Season | View the Calendar

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.

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.


Pro Bono Month Proclamation


Governor Snyder Proclaims October 2017 as Pro Bono Month

On behalf of the people of Michigan, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2017 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 III A report on the pro bono work of America's lawyers
ATJ Fund
Pro Bono Institute

Past Activities