What is a Pro Bono Lawyer?



Serving the Underserved

"Pro bono" is short for the Latin phrase pro bono publico, which translate to, "for the public good." For those who work in the legal profession, it means providing free legal services to the poor and underserved.The American Bar Association (ABA) suggests that lawyers in the United States contribute at least 50 hours of pro bono service every year. This is not limited to individuals; it also extends to religious, charitable, communtiy, civic, educational and government organizations in cases addressing the needs of people with limited means.


Find a Pro Bono Network of Professionals

Those who believe they are in need of and qualify for pro bono services can search online for local pro bono networks of lawyers. The American Bar Association has a state by state list on their official website. When choosing who to reach out to, potential litigants should try to understand what kind of case they have and what category it falls under. Try contacting lawyers who are already specialists in those areas. If you're not sure what category your case fits, check out some of our other articles about the different kinds of law lawyers practice.

Practice Areas Our Attorneys Service



Car accidents

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Truck accidents

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Personal Injury Law

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Assault lawsuits

These lawsuits help victims of assault recover the medical expenses and lost wages they incurred.

Criminal defense

This type of law defends against a variety of accusations, including DUI and drug possession.

Real Estate Lawyer

Real estate law involves settling the buying and selling of property, as well as building regulations.

"The American Bar Association recommends that all practicing attorneys put in at least 50 hours of pro bono legal work as a community service each year. We help to bridge the gap between attorneys looking to provide their services by fulfilling these recommendations or even exceeding them and the clients that need their help, regardless of what kinds of cases they face."
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