“A lawyer should aspire to render at least (50) hours of pro bono publico legal services per year.”

–Rule 6.1 Voluntary pro Bono Public Service

 

We understand the perceived and real concerns about pro bono legal service. This campaign aims to mitigate those concerns. Working with Georgia’s esteemed advocacy organizations, we’ve make it easier for you to get involved. Here’s how:

  • We’ve expedited volunteering sign-up and placement
  • We can maximize attorney time and skills
  • This website lets you select pro bono engagements that fits your skills, interests and schedules
  • This website helps you build a manageable pro bono practice and satisfy Georgia Bar Rule 6.1 requirements:

Pro Bono: A Need as Great as the Cause

 

“It is one of the most beautiful compensations in life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

This campaign is part of the nationwide state bar associations’ Access to Justice initiative. The aim of this effort is to increase pro bono volunteerism among State Bar attorneys in Georgia.

  • 1 in 5 Georgians live in poverty and need legal aid
  • Pro bono programs meet approximately 20% (5,000+) critical need legal cases per year
  • Approximately 20,000 critical need legal cases per year need pro bono service
  • The State Bar of Georgia counts approximately 37,000 active attorneys per year
  • Of those, approximately 3,500 Georgia lawyers perform pro bono work with coordinated, structured pro bono programs

Make Pro Bono Work for You

  • Average case times are less than five hours
  • Complex cases have support teams
  • Collaboration with advocacy organizations expands your giving capacity
  • Mentors, caseworkers, and paralegals are available to assist you
  • Structured advocacy organizations have admin and paralegal support teams
  • Most cases settle out of court; judges are sympathetic to pro bono lawyers
  • Make a difference in one person’s life, one case at a time
  • Legal community leaders have lifelong records of pro bono service
  • Giving is its own reward; the gratitude of those you help is tangible
  • Your colleagues, friends and family appreciate the service you provide to the disadvantaged
  • Please encourage others to follow your lead with financial contributions and/or pro bono service