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January 13, 2012

ABA Celebrates Dr. King’s Legacy of Equality, Justice and Service

The _ joins the rest of America as we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and his legacy of equality, justice and service to others.

The federal holiday we observe on Monday is more than a day to reflect on Dr. King’s achievements—it is a call to action.  As Dr. King himself once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

The ABA strongly supports that commitment to volunteerism.  Our Model Rule 6.1 says every lawyer has a professional responsibility to provide legal service to those unable to pay, and we encourage lawyers to work toward providing at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services per year.  When lawyers volunteer their time and expertise to expand access to justice, they make their communities stronger.

In a time of great uncertainty for our nation, Dr, King’s inspirational message and lifelong dedication to service is a reminder of our capacity to do good.  On this day and every day, let us all work to improve the lives of others and live up to that ideal in a way that moves our country forward.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the world’s largest voluntary professional membership organization. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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Please click here for a bio and photo of Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III, president of the _.

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