LSC encourages organizations to develop a comprehensive private attorney involvement plan.
At a minimum, plans should address the following:
Georgia Legal Services Program (2013): Plan addresses the use of technology to administer a program, the integration of GLSP activities with the state bar committees and activities, and addresses accountability throughout the system. The surveys used to gather input from GLSP staff and from local bar organizations are also available.
Southern Arizona Legal Aid (2013): Plan has a strong emphasis on program operations, including volunteer management and budgeting.
Legal Aid Society of San Diego (2013): Plan includes a variety of volunteer opportunities, and a comprehensive description of program operations. Includes data for non-case activities.
Central Minnesota Legal Services (2013): Plan for a PAI program that contracts for urban service delivery (specifically Minneapolis), coordinating statewide efforts, and training volunteer attorneys.
New Mexico Legal Aid (2013): Plan addresses changes in pro bono service delivery as New Mexico Legal Aid takes over its role as the lead agency for the statewide Volunteer Attorney Program
To retain volunteer attorneys, it is crucial to regularly acknowledge the value that they add to legal aid organizations. Read more
"Too Few Lawyers in Areas of Poverty" Map
Georgia Legal Services Program
Georgia Legal Services Program created a map that highlights “persistently poor” counties with five or fewer lawyers to demonstrate the need for pro bono assistance in Georgia’s rural counties. Read more
Civil Pro Bono Primer for the Young Lawyer
Georgia Legal Services Program
Pro Bono Care Kit
State Bar of Texas
The State Bar of Texas created a “Care Kit” to support local bar associations interested in holding civil legal services clinics. The kit includes a recruiting video as well as materials to organize and publicize a clinic. Read more
Law Firm Pro Bono: A Model Policy
New York State Bar Association
Continuing Legal Education to Encourage Pro Bono Participation
Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and Lorain County Bar Association
Attorneys who agree to handle a pro bono case qualify for a free six-hour CLE course that focuses on the unmet legal needs of the low-income community. Read more
A varied library of support material provides essential assistance to volunteer attorneys. Read more
Providing volunteer attorneys with interactive forms can decrease training time, increase efficiency, and provide quality assurance. Read more
Working Effectively With Pro Bono Clients (Video)
Atlanta Bar Association and Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
The Atlanta Bar Association and Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation produced an instructional video, "Working Effectively with Pro Bono Clients," for volunteer attorneys working with pro bono clients. Read more
CLE Video Conferencing Project
Legal Services of Southern Missouri
Legal Services of Southern Missouri (LSOSM) offers free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) events to attorneys who are part of their Volunteer and Judicare Lawyer Panels. Read more
Mississippi Pro Bono Attorney Manual
Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project
Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project and the Mississippi Center for Justice drafted a Mississippi Pro Bono Attorney Manual, in collaboration with thirteen law firms in Mississippi. Read more
Case management systems (CMS) should provide volunteer attorneys with the opportunity to accept and work on cases online, so that volunteers can work on pro bono cases without visiting a legal aid offices. Read more
Arkansas Legal Services Partnership and Arkansas Access to Justice Commission
Pro Bono Email Memo
Legal Services of New York
Legal Services of New York (LSNY) sends a bi-monthly "Available Pro Bono Cases" email memo to pro bono coordinators at major law firms and to volunteer attorneys throughout New York City. Read more
Legal Aid of North Carolina
Call 4ALL is a pro bono program which provides private attorneys with the opportunity to provide legal advice to pre-screened clients through phone interviews. Interviews are scheduled to be one-hour, once a month, unless the attorney elects to offer additional services. Read more
The Community Justice Program
San Antonio Bar Association and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
The Community Justice Program (CJP) provides free legal services and night court to low-income residents of San Antonio in their own neighborhoods. Read more
Advice and Referral Clinics
District of Columbia Bar Pro Bono Program
Small Claims Resource Center Pilot Project
D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program
Project uses staff from local law schools to offer legal information to pro se litigants. Read more
Low Income Taxpayer Clinic
Legal Aid of Western Missouri
Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) that provides tax education and outreach to taxpayers who are limited English proficient or speak English as a second language. Read more
Skype-A-Lawyer Pro Bono Clinic
Colorado Legal Services
Colorado Legal Services’ Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project runs a monthly clinic using Skype to connect volunteer attorneys with clients in geographically isolated areas. Includes an informational guide. Read more
Alaska Legal Services Corporation
The "Adopt a Region" project encourages large firms to focus their pro bono efforts on helping clients from a single community. Read more
AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE)
AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) has created a series of Adopt-A-Project initiatives to provide community service opportunities for the legal and non-legal staff of large law firms. Read more
Home Ownership Project
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services and Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge and Rice
Collaboration to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina by probating estates for deceased homeowners and putting living heirs in possession of the property. Read more
Access to Education
DLA Piper, Legal Services for New York City, Lawyers Alliance for New York, Advocates for Children and Pricewaterhouse Coopers
Neighborhood Legal Services Association
The Academy of Trial Lawyers has joined with the EducationLawCenter, Neighborhood Legal Services Association, and the Allegheny County Bar Foundation's ProBonoCenter to develop a signature pro bono project that provides lawyers to represent students at school board expulsion hearings. Read more
Pro Bono Project
AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly
Pro Bono Assistance for Nonprofit Organizations
Bay Area Legal Services (Judge Don Castor Community Law Center)
The Judge Don Castor Community Law Center uses pro bono business attorneys to provide free transactional legal assistance to eligible established nonprofits with legal needs. Includes sample training materials. Read more
Legal Assistance to Micro-Enterprise Project
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid and Texas Community Building with Attorney Resources
The Legal Assistance to Microenterprise Project (LAMP) provides legal services to indigent small business owners. The project is modeled after microcredit programs implemented throughout the developing world. Read more
Community Building with Attorney Resources
Legal Aid of Central Texas and Texas C-BAR
Texas Community Building with Attorney Resources (Texas C-BAR) provides pro bono legal services to nonprofit, community-based organizations developing affordable housing and other much-needed community infrastructures for low-income communities. Read more
Legal Information Videos Created by Law Students
Georgia Legal Services Program
Law Students in Action Project
Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.
A Pro Bono Legal Corps (an AmeriCorps program administered by Equal Justice Works) implemented in order to provide law students with pro bono opportunities in public interest law firms. Read more
The Pro Bono Collaborative
Roger Williams University School of Law
The Pro Bono Collaborative (PBC) partners with large law firms, law students, and community-based organizations (CBOs) to provide legal assistance to the clients of the community-based organizations. Read more
Public Interest and Pro Bono Project
Duke Law School
The Public Interest and Pro Bono Project at Duke Law School offers law students over 100 pro bono placement opportunities, varying in location, substantive law area, job function, and time requirement. Read more
Legal Research Request Tool
Legal Aid of East Tennessee and National Technology Assistance Project
The Research Request Tool is a secure website that facilitates a process in which attorneys from Legal Aid of East Tennessee request research to be completed by law students at the University of Tennessee. Read more
Law Student Research Assistance
Penn State University's Dickinson School of Law
The Miller Pro Bono Program at the Dickinson School of Law (Penn State University) provides a “Matching Program” to assist with research needs for pro bono attorneys, legal services attorneys, public defenders, and court appointed counsel. Read more
Legal Services NYC
Legal Services NYC offers externship opportunities that place associates from private law firms in a Legal Services NYC office to work full-time for four to six months. Read more
Brandeis Partners for Justice Fellowship
Legal Aid Society of Louisville and University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law
Fellowship places faculty from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law with Legal Aid Society of Louisville to focused assistance on specific projects. Read more
UB Public Interest Fellowship
University of Baltimore School of Law, Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland, and the Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Atlanta Legal Aid Society
Senior Attorneys Initiative for Legal Services Project
D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program and D.C. Access to Justice Commission
The Senior Attorneys Initiative for Legal Services (SAILS) Project recruits District law firms to train and mobilize their senior lawyers who are approaching a transitional phase in their careers. Read more
Retired and Inactive Lawyers and Volunteer Involvement
Utah Legal Services
Utah Legal Services (ULS) recruits retired, semi-retired, and otherwise inactive volunteer lawyers to assist senior clients, through an Older Americans Act grant. Read more
Elder Pro Bono Project
Ohio's Attorney General
Program trains volunteer attorneys from the Ohio Attorney General's office to provide free legal assistance to low-income seniors in Ohio. Read more
LSC Regulation 1614: Requirements for the operation and responsibilities of LSC grantees regarding private attorney involvement. A technical amendment was published in the Federal Register in February 2013.
LSC Performance Criteria, Performance Area Three – Criterion 2: Guidance from LSC to ensure that private attorney involvement is integrated into an overall strategy to provide high-quality legal service.
Guidance to LSC Programs for the Development of Enhanced Private Attorney Involvement (Program Letter 07-2):This program letter provides resources and innovative approaches available to more effectively integrate private attorneys into the provision of legal aid delivery. It includes a variety of delivery models, methods to support volunteers, and ways to raise awareness of pro bono.
LSC Office of Legal Affairs External Opinions: Several opinions from LSC’s Office of Legal Affairs provide additional guidance on the implementation of private attorney involvement by LSC grantees.
Case Service Reporting Handbook: The CSR Handbook provides standards for reporting cases. Additional assistance is available in the CSR Handbook FAQs.
Standards for Programs Providing Civil Pro Bono Legal Services to Persons of Limited Means: Updated ABA Standards approved in 2013.
National and State Rules and Policies: Includes ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct 6.1 and its application state-by-state, emeritus roles for pro bono attorneys, and Continuing Legal Education rules.
ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service: The American Bar Association committee that focuses on volunteer services from legal professionals. It raises awareness for and provides support to pro bono programs, and proposes and reviews policy that affects lawyers' ability to provide pro bono legal services. This committee is also responsible for co-sponsoring the Equal Justice Conference with the National Legal Aid and Defender Association.
The ABA Center for Pro Bono: A project of The ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service. It focuses on providing technical assistance with pro bono programs, and produces publications.
Pro Bono Institute: Nonprofit that supports the pro bono efforts of major law firms, in-house corporate legal departments, and public interest organizations.
National Association of Pro Bono Professionals (NAPBPro): Independent organization of pro bono professionals devoted to promoting pro bono services to the poor. Also provides professional development for pro bono managers and professionals and others interested in this field.
Report of the Pro Bono Task Force: Report and recommendations from the LSC Pro Bono Task Force, comprised of 60 leaders from the legal profession, who considered ways to efficiently and effectively engage pro bono lawyers to meet the demand for civil legal aid.
Rural Pro Bono Delivery: A Guide to Pro Bono Delivery in Rural Areas: The ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service’s guide to rural pro bono delivery. Includes an overview of barriers, and examples of effective strategies for service delivery.
The ABC Manual: Starting and Operating a Business Law Pro Bono Project: The ABA Section of Business Law Pro Bono Committee’s manual designed to create pro bono programs for business and transactional lawyers. The manual focuses on providing assistance to community-based organizations that serve low-income people.
Pro Bono Clients: Strategies for Success: The ABA Center for Pro Bono’s brochure to provides pro bono attorneys an overview of strategies for working with low-income clients.