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October 21, 2011

ABA President Robinson Highlights Pro Bono Work During National Celebration

For the third straight year, lawyers will honor their responsibility to the profession and to their communities by helping thousands of Americans in need of legal assistance during the annual “Celebrate Pro Bono Week,” October 23-28, sponsored by the _’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service.

From the Elizabeth Peratrovich Legal Clinic in Anchorage, Alaska, to an “Ask a Lawyer” program in Ft. Meyers, Fla., more than 600 pro bono events will be held across the United States.  During these difficult economic times, volunteer work by lawyers helps fill the void left by our underfunded court and legal aid systems.

For the past 25 years, the ABA has consistently encouraged and promoted pro bono work.  Our Model Rule 6.1 asks lawyers to dedicate a minimum of 50 hours a year to pro bono service.

The ABA is also committed to promoting the pro bono work lawyers do every day.  Our “Lawyers Giving Back” segment in the ABA Journal each month features images of lawyers actively engaging in pro bono work and other community efforts.  Please take a look at this Journal feature and send us action photos of lawyers in your community who are making a positive difference every day.

These challenging times have also led the ABA to begin discussing new models for pro bono that are workable, sustainable and achievable for the future.  The ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service has initiated a national online conversation to seek ideas big and small to shape this new vision.  Please make your contributions at celebrateprobono.wordpress.com.

Let us take the opportunity to recognize the important pro bono work lawyers are doing each day to improve the lives of families, individuals and communities across the country.

(Media contact: Meredith Josef, -1092, )

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For more information, visit our Celebrate Pro Bono Week Resource Page.

Please click here for a biography and photo of Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III.

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