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Pro Bono Networking at the State and Local Level

 

If you do not find a state or local pro bono networking resource below, visit the National Pro Bono Opportunities Guide offered by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and the Center for Pro Bono, or the National Pro Bono Opportunities Guide posted by Pro Bono Net. Please contact AHLA Public Interest staff if you see a pro bono program that should be added to this list.

Alabama

Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program
Phone:  (334) 269-1515
The Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) is a project of the Alabama State Bar. Its purpose is to provide free legal services to low-income Alabamians in civil matters.

Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program
Phone: (800) 354-6154
The Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) was created in 1991 by the Alabama State Bar Board of Commissioners to provide an organized vehicle through which lawyers can volunteer their services on a pro bono basis in civil matters to indigent citizens in their community. In the fall of 1995, the Birmingham Bar Association in conjunction with Legal Services of Metro Birmingham, Inc., now known as Legal Services Alabama, established the BVLP in Birmingham.

Alaska

Alaska Legal Services, Inc. (ALSC) Volunteer Attorney Support
Phone: (800) 478-9431
Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC) Volunteer Attorney Support program responded to a call to action over 20 years ago to the civil legal needs of low-income Alaskans in need of legal assistance. Their efforts are rooted in improving the quality of life for children, families, the elderly, disadvantaged and ultimately, our communities.

Through a strong network of volunteer attorneys and other professionals, ALSC serves in eight communities around Alaska. Nearly 90 clinics are given in four of those communities each year with topics of bankruptcy, family, landlord/tenant, wills/probate and general civil law. Their greatest need is in client representation. Other volunteer opportunities are one-time client consultation, teaching at a legal clinic and mentoring other attorneys. Volunteers are also needed to write, edit, or review client-oriented self-help education materials for AlaskaLawHelp.org, a joint project of ALSC and other Alaska justice community partners.

Participation in ALSC brings many benefits: Malpractice insurance, co-counsel and/or mentoring opportunities, sample briefs and reasonable reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses.

Arizona

Volunteer Lawyers Program of Southern Arizona Legal Aid
Phone (800) 640-9465
In order to bring hope and justice to those who are less fortunate, the Volunteer Lawyers Program of Southern Arizona Legal Aid matches attorneys who wish to do pro bono work with low-income clients in need of civil legal assistance.  

Every year, the 1,200 attorneys and law students who volunteer through the VLP give the generous gift of time, service, and expertise to thousands of Arizonans who would not otherwise have access to justice.

VLP offers many opportunities for volunteer lawyers, ranging from direct representation to advice and brief service clinics.  Lawyers have the chance to help a client from the beginning of her case to the end, to help a group of clients in a clinic setting, or to meet one-on-one with clients to give each of them the advice they need.  Counties served are Apache, Cochise, Gila, Graham/Greenlee, Navajo, Pima, Pinal and Santa Cruz.

Maricopa County Volunteer Lawyers Program
Phone: (602) 258-3434
Since 1981, the Volunteer Lawyers Program has been uniting those in need with volunteer attorneys whose generous counsel gives thousands of Arizonans new hope for a better life. And the need is growing every year.

Co-sponsored by Community Legal Services and the Maricopa County Bar Association, VLP makes it possible for you to provide a few hours of service or advice regarding civil law matters. You can also represent a low income client from beginning to end. For those willing to assist with pro bono matters outside their usual area of practice, VLP provides training opportunities, mentors and consultants. You choose the area that suits your preferences and schedule.

Arkansas

Arkansas Pro Bono Partnership
Phone:  (800) 952-9243
The Arkansas Pro Bono Partnership was established to expand the pool of attorney volunteers to meet the civil legal needs of low-income Arkansas.  It is the state-wide registration and support system for four regional pro bono organizations. Through this website the Partnership provides legal information, such as the Poverty Law Manual and the Online Legal Library.  It also provides form letters, pleadings and automated documents that pro bono attorneys may customize for use in pro bono practice.  Secondary malpractice insurance coverage, CLE seminars at reduced rates, and a monthly e-newsletter of available pro bono cases are additional benefits of becoming a Partnership member.   After registering with the Partnership, volunteer attorneys work directly with the pro bono unit in their county service area.  

California

Public Counsel Community Development Project
Phone:  (213) 385-2977 
Public Counsel delivers pro bono legal services to indigent and underrepresented children and adults, ensuring that community-based organizations serving this population have legal support, mobilizing the volunteer resources of the private bar, and providing technical assistance to pro bono attorneys and projects throughout California.  It is the public interest law office of the Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations and the Southern California affiliate of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Public Counsel provides the opportunity for volunteers to work on a wide variety of projects. Some cases are relatively simple, suitable for new attorneys seeking to develop new skills, or for more experienced attorneys seeking to expand their legal experience. Other cases are highly complex. In addition to litigation, Public Counsel volunteers can assist with transactional and administrative matters and work in specialized areas such as health care.  Health care projects include working with legal issues for children with developmental disabilities and helping pregnant and parenting teens access government program benefits, medical and mental health care, and providing corporate and transactional legal services to health care safety net providers, including federally qualified health centers, community clinics, and mental health service providers serving low-income, minority and immigrant neighborhoods. 

Volunteer Legal Services Program/Bar Association of San Francisco -- Pro Bono Partnership
Phone:  (415) 982-1600
The Volunteer Legal Services Program works with a network of pro bono attorneys to provide legal services to thousands of Bay Area residents on a broad range of legal problems.  Programs includes the Community Organization Representation Project (CORP) in which 1,100 experienced volunteer business-law attorneys help organizations throughout Northern California better serve their communities.

Connecticut

Pro Bono Partnership  
Phone:  (914) 328-0674
The Pro Bono Partnership seeks to improve the effectiveness of eligible non-profit organizations in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York by providing them with free business legal assistance and education and to provide business law attorneys, particularly corporate counsel, with opportunities for volunteer service. 

Medical-Legal Partnership Project (MLPP)
Phone:  (860) 714-1412
The Medical-Legal Partnership Project (MLPP) is a medical-legal collaborative designed to improve the health and welfare of low-income children and their families. Proactive legal assistance is provided in a health care setting to make legal services easily accessible. The MLPP provides traditional legal representation with a comprehensive approach to the health care needs of an individual child, and also advocates for children's health on a systemic level.  The Project is an initiative of the Center for Children's Advocacy.   

Delaware

Delaware Volunteer Legal Services
Phone: New Castle County: (302) 478-8850; Kent & Sussex County: (800) 773-0606
Delaware Volunteer Legal Services (DVLS) is an organization of volunteer attorneys who assist low income clients with problems in a variety of areas.  Its mission is to provide quality pro bono legal services to indigent Delawareans with meritorious civil legal problems.

DVLS also provides a centralized case intake service called "The Legal Help Link."  This service assures that callers are referred to the appropriate legal services organization or to private attorney for assistance.  Health-related areas for volunteer attorneys include

DVLS assists clients with problems relating to guardianships, government benefits, and consumer issues.

District of Columbia

DC Bar Pro Bono Program and Partnership
Phone:  (202) 737-4700
The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program recruits, trains, and mobilizes volunteer attorneys to take pro bono cases that serve individuals living in poverty who are at risk of losing their homes, their livelihoods, and their families. The Program also helps small businesses and community-based non-profits needing legal help.  The Pro Bono Partnership (PART) is a network of over 100 District law firms and federal agencies committed to providing pro bono legal services. It sponsors bimonthly meetings that allow legal service organizations that allow legal service organizations to present emerging needs for pro bono services, and allow firms to exchange ideas for enhancing their pro bono activities. The DC Bar Pro Bono Program publishes a directory of PART law firms to facilitate pro bono referrals.   

Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition
Phone:  (202) 331-3320
The CAIR Coalition brings together community groups, pro bono attorneys, volunteers and immigrants from the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland, working to ensure that all immigrants are treated with fairness, dignity and respect for their human and civil rights. CAIR Coalition partners with over 40 D.C. area law firms that provide thousands of hours of free legal assistance to immigrants being held in local jails in Virginia and Maryland. It also publishes a Pro Bono Mental Health Manual for representing detained immigrants with mental disabilities in Immigration Court. 

Children’s Law Center
Phone:  (202) 467-4900
Children's Law Center's Health Access Project is a medical/legal partnership between Children's Law Center and Children's National Medical Center. CLC lawyers work from offices within Children's National Medical Center, adding lawyers to the multi-disciplinary team of medical experts who work to solve children's medical problems.  The Children’s Law Center partners with more than 300 pro bono attorneys from over 70 law firms in the DC metropolitan area.  Forums include legal and administrative battles necessary to improve a child's health when pills or surgery are not enough.  When other factors such as rodent/pest issues and mold, exacerbate a child's asthma, CLC attorneys work to improve housing conditions. When a school fails to provide a learning disabled child with the special tutoring she needs to learn to read, CLC advocates with the school system.

Florida

Bay Area Legal Services’ Volunteer Lawyers Program
Phone:  (813) 232-1343
Bay Area Legal Services Volunteer Lawyers Program (BAVLP) coordinates the efforts of attorneys who want to donate legal services to assist low-income residents of Hillsborough and Pasco County, FL.  BAVLP offers a wide variety of pro bono projects to suit the interests, availability, and expertise of its volunteer attorneys.   

Medical – Legal Partnership Project of Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County
Phone:  (561) 655-8944
The Legal Aid Society’s Medical Legal Partnership Project provides legal services to address the unmet needs of low income and/or uninsured patients of Federally Qualified Health Clinics in Palm Beach County.

Georgia

Atlanta Legal Aid Society
Atlanta Legal Aid Society's primary function is to provide referrals and legal representation to people who otherwise cannot obtain access to the court system - the poor, minorities, the elderly, those disabled by mental illness or long term diseases, and recent immigrants. They come to us for help in meeting their basic needs, protecting their homes and safeguarding their families. In addition to the issues covered through special projects, we offer assistance with simple legal matters, such as drafting wills and seeking redress for substandard consumer goods.  Staff attorneys are also available to speak publicly about legal issues. 

Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
Phone: (404) 521-0790
The Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation develops and coordinates programs that provide legal representation, education and advocacy for at-risk, low income individuals by tapping the enthusiasm and commitment of volunteer legal professionals to address the unmet civil legal needs in the Atlanta community. Their five-year vision is that the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation is the leader in leveraging the full power, resources and passion of the legal community so that people in greater Atlanta are not deprived of basic civil legal needs without the benefit of a lawyer.

 

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta (PBP-ATL) 
Phone:  (404) 407-5059
Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, Inc. provides pro bono opportunities to transactional lawyers at corporations and law firms by matching them with non-profit agencies serving poor and disadvantaged communities in metropolitan Atlanta who need free legal services within their area of expertise.   PBP-ATL staff screen projects from non-profit agencies and identify legal needs, and then matches the eligible client with an attorney who has the appropriate expertise.  Projects cover corporate governance, contracts and leases, personnel policies, trademark & copyrights, tax compliance, risk management, and independent contractor agreements.  

Illinois

The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI)
Phone: (312) 832-5127
The Public Interest Law Initiative creates opportunities for law students and lawyers to provide public interest and pro bono work in Illinois. Working together with over fifty participating agencies in Illinois, PILI guides attorneys at every stage in their legal careers through a continuum of public interest law and pro bono opportunities. PILI's programs first capture emerging lawyers when they are law students and new law school graduates, and then extend into legal practice to reach new associates, seasoned lawyers and senior attorneys working in every sector of the legal community - private, academic, government and non-profit.

Illinois Pro Bono
Illinois Pro Bono’s site allows volunteer pro bono attorneys to search for pro bono opportunities based on their specific preferences, watch video training sessions, use HotDocs forms for pro bono case, and find out what news and events are happening in the pro bono community.

Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law/ Community Economic Development Law Project
Phone: (312) 939-3638
Working with more than 300 Chicago lawyers, CEDLP’s Non-profit Support Program , the Non-profit Legal Assessment Program, and the Small Business Support Program assist non-profit organizations and small businesses that stimulate local economic and commercial development, housing development, the delivery of social services, and activities that generally improve the quality of life for people living in poor communities.

Indiana

Indiana Pro Bono Commission
Phone:  (317) 269-2415
The Indiana Pro Bono Commission strives to promote equal access to justice for all Indiana residents by facilitating the integration and coordination of existing services; fostering the development of new pro bono programs; supporting and improving the quality of existing pro bono programs; fostering the growth of a public service culture within the Indiana Bar promoting the on-going development of financial and other resources for pro bono organizations in Indiana; and enabling Indiana attorneys to discharge their professional responsibility to provide pro bono services.

Kansas

Kansas Pro Bono Application
Phone: (785) 234-5696
The partnership of Kansas Legal Services (KLS) and the Kansas Bar Association remains committed to closing the Justice Gap by reducing the high number of low income people who cannot access the Justice system in a meaningful and effective manner due to their inability to afford legal counsel.  Attorneys can volunteer and indicate the type of case or project they would like to handle.

Kentucky

Kentucky Volunteer Lawyer Program
Phone:  (859) 255-9913

The Kentucky Volunteer Lawyer Program (KyVLP) is a pro bono development project, sponsored by the Access to Justice Foundation, Kentucky's legal aid programs, and the Kentucky Bar Association, initiated to increase, strengthen and expand pro bono efforts on a state-wide basis. KyVLP's campaign to "Change the World in 50 Hours" references our
Supreme Court Rule 3.130(6.1). The rule encourages lawyers to donate at least 50 hours per calendar year of professional legal services to persons of limited means, and/or financial support for organizations whose overall mission and activities are to provide legal assistance to those of limited means. Information is now available online to help guide volunteer lawyers with their pro bono obligations.  

Louisiana

AIDSLaw of Louisiana
Phone: (800) 375-5035

AIDSLaw of Louisiana, Inc. is a Louisiana not-for-profit corporation formed in 1989 to provide free legal services to low-income persons living with HIV and AIDS. AIDSLaw is the only organization in the state dedicated to addressing the legal needs of the affected community and has served more than 10,000 residents. Consider becoming a volunteer attorney. AIDSLaw  has the cooperation of dozens of attorneys across the state who assist clients in matters that it is unable to assist with or that are outside its grant guidelines.

Pro Bono Partnership of New Orleans
Phone: (504) 566-0518
In an effort to Ride the Wave to Rebirth, The Pro Bono Project’s continuing mission to provide free, quality civil legal services to the poor is more important than ever. By engaging volunteer attorneys to render pro bono services, The Pro Bono Project serves clients in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Tammany and Washington parishes. With funding from the Justice For All Ball and other sources, The Pro Bono Project works in collaboration with other social service providers to improve the quality of life for their clients and community.

Probono.net/la is an online resource created by a unique collaboration of the Louisiana public interest legal community. Volunteers, staff and students who work through volunteer or pro bono programs, non-profit advocacy organizations, or law school clinics, to meet the critical civil legal needs of Louisiana's indigent residents, are invited to join this coalition. Links provide opportunities for pro bono volunteering with a number of Louisiana organizations.

Probono.net/la
Phone: (800) 349-0886
Probono.net/la is an online resource created by a unique collaboration of the Louisiana public interest legal community. The project is financially supported by Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, the Legal Services Corporation, and the Louisiana Bar Foundation. Volunteers, staff and students who work through volunteer or pro bono programs, non-profit advocacy organizations, or law school clinics, to meet the critical civil legal needs of Louisiana's indigent residents, are invited to join this coalition.  Links provide opportunities for pro bono volunteering with a number of Louisiana organizations.

Maine

Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project
Phone: (800) 442-4293

The Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) coordinates the volunteer efforts of Maine attorneys and community members to help people of low income navigate the civil justice system. It provides free information, brief assistance and pro bono legal representation in civil legal matters to qualifying clients. Its Volunteers are the heart of the Volunteer Lawyers Project:

    •  The community volunteers and college students who field calls from people in need of legal help and   ___connect them with the resources that are available.
    •  The interns who interview clients before meeting with CHAP & Clinic attorneys.
    •  The attorneys who act as Lawyers of the Day, placing cases with attorneys around the state.
    •  The Pro Bono attorneys who provide their services free of charge to assist low-income Maine people  ___with their legal problems.
    •  The law students & attorneys on the Family Law Helpline who assist pro se clients.
    •  The Domestic Violence Pro Bono Panel who help clients with protection from abuse cases.
    •  The VLP Advisory Committee who helps with governance of the VLP.

Maryland

Pro Bono Partnership Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service/Community Development Project 
Phone: (443) 451-4064
The Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service provides free civil legal assistance to Marylanders with limited income.  The MVLS Community Development Project helps community-based non-profits who need advice with business/transactional legal matters by matching them with an experienced volunteer lawyer.

Massachusetts

Lawyers Clearinghouse 
Phone: (617) 778-1954
The Lawyers Clearinghouse on Affordable Housing and Homelessness uses volunteer pro bono attorneys to promote the development of affordable housing, reduce homelessness, and strengthen communities by providing pro bono legal services to non-profit organizations and to individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. 

Health Law Advocates
Phone:  (617) 338-5241
Health Law Advocates (HLA), an affiliate of Health Care for All, is a public interest law firm that provides pro bono legal representation to low-income residents in Massachusetts experiencing difficulty accessing or paying for needed medical services.    Health Law Advocates’ Pro Bono Legal Network consists of over 90 attorneys in private practice who accept case referrals from HLA.  Pro Bono Legal Network attorneys practice in a variety of settings including large international law firms, medium-sized law firms, solo practices, non-profits and corporate legal departments.

Michigan

Community Legal Resources
Phone: (303) 962-3171
Community Legal Resources, with the assistance of private attorneys, provides pro bono legal representation to Michigan non-profit organizations that are working with disadvantaged communities and individuals who are unable to pay for traditional legal services.

State Bar of Michigan Pro Bono Initiative
Phone:  (517) 346-6300

The Pro Bono Initiative (PBI) is responsible for encouraging and coordinating the delivery of pro bono legal services in Michigan. The PBI also helps the State Bar of Michigan play a constructive leadership role in promoting policies and mechanisms to support lawyers in their effort to fulfill their ethical responsibility to assist in the provision of civil legal services to the poor.

Minnesota

MSBA Pro Bono Directory
The Minnesota State Bar Association Pro Bono Directory helps Minnesota attorneys find a volunteer opportunity tailored to his or her specific requirements.

Mississippi

Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project
Phone:  (601) 960-9577

The Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project (MVLP) is a non-profit 501(c)3 program of The Mississippi Bar Association and Mississippi Legal Services Programs. More than 1,900 Mississippi attorneys are signed up to volunteer their time and expertise to participate in the Project, and as a result, more than 8,000low income citizens are assisted by the Project each year. The challenge is to provide pro bono legal services to benefit low income people in Mississippi. MVLP identifies areas of legal need, develops projects to meet these needs, and recruits volunteer lawyers and law firms to provide the needed legal services. 

Missouri

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri Volunteer Lawyers Program
Phone:  (800) 285-2221
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM) is the primary provider of legal services to indigent people in Eastern Missouri.  The availability of legal assistance to people in need is increasingly dependent on the involvement of private volunteer attorneys.   Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and the organized bar developed the Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) almost thirty years ago to address the legal needs of low income individuals in our region.  The VLP operates by matching eligible clients with attorneys who have agreed to sit on a panel of willing volunteers. Most volunteers on the panel have offered to accept between one and three cases every year, in an area of law they individually designate, but volunteers always retain control over the number of cases they accept, the types of cases they accept and whether they can accept a case at all.   The VLP refers only non-fee generating civil cases for clients whose household incomes are below the federal poverty guidelines.  The average amount of time reported for referred cases is under ten hours.  In addition to providing direct services on cases, volunteers also serve as consultants, participate in outreach programs, make community education presentations, and co-counsel with other volunteers and staff attorneys. Volunteers are an integral part of the services provided by LSEM.

In addition to providing direct services on cases, volunteers also serve as consultants, participate in outreach programs, make community education presentations, and co-counsel with other volunteers and staff attorneys. Volunteers are an integral part of the services provided by LSEM.   Clients are pre-screened to ensure they meet eligibility guidelines (income, priority services, etc.) and legal merit criteria and essential documents and evidence is gathered prior to referral.   The VLP offers free training in substantive areas of the law relevant to referred cases.  The VLP offers volunteer attorneys its research, secretarial and office resources when possible.  The VLP provides Certificates of Inability to Pay where appropriate, allowing volunteers to vigorously participate in litigation without paying some court costs.  The VLP provides secondary malpractice coverage for the duration of a case.

 

Missouri Bar Pro Bono 
Phone:  (573) 635-4128
The Missouri Bar matches volunteer pro bono lawyers with legal services offices throughout the state. The Legal Services office screens cases, and then matches volunteer lawyers with appropriate clients. Volunteer lawyers will be asked to take no more than two cases a year. While working as volunteers, lawyers are covered for malpractice under Legal Service's insurance. Paperwork will be kept to an absolute minimum, and volunteer lawyers can receive assistance with their cases from a Legal Services Coordinator. In addition, The Missouri Bar is preparing educational materials which will be provided to lawyers who accept cases from Legal Services programs.

Nebraska

Legal Aid of Nebraska
Phone: (888) 991-9921
With offices throughout the state, Legal Aid of Nebraska reaches out to thousands of Nebraskans every year. Legal Aid of Nebraska draws its strength in providing high quality legal services for the less fortunate from its excellent staff of lawyers and legal professionals. However, Legal Aid's mission also benefits from the donated time and talent of its volunteers and interns.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Bar Association Pro Bono Program
Phone:  (603) 224-6942
The New Hampshire Bar Association Pro Bono Referral Program links people with incomes at or below 125% of federal poverty guidelines with volunteer attorneys who provide representation at no charge. Pro Bono attorneys only handle civil (non-criminal) cases. The types of legal accepted include custody, divorce, bankruptcy, debt collection landlord-tenant matters and other non-fee-generating matters.

New Jersey

Pro Bono New Jersey
Phone:  (732) 529-8308
Pro Bono New Jersey cultivates pro bono participation in New Jersey’s private attorney community and is sponsored by Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ), an independent, not-for-profit organization that coordinates the state-wide Legal Services system.  It connects attorneys seeking to provide pro bono services with not-for-profit organizations that serve New Jersey’s low-income residents, and provide attorneys with support and resources for their pro bono efforts.  

Pro Bono Partnership
Phone: (914) 328-0674
The Pro Bono Partnership works to improve the effectiveness of eligible non-profit organizations in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York by providing them with free business legal assistance and education; and to provide business law attorneys, particularly corporate counsel, with opportunities for volunteer service.

New Mexico

Law Access New Mexico
Phone: (800) 340-9771
Law Access New Mexico is a free telephone legal advice service for low-income New Mexicans to help them solve civil legal problems. Law Access provides telephone advice, referral and information in civil legal matters such as:
    •  Divorce, paternity, custody, visitation
    •  Unemployment Compensation
    •  Consumer Debt Collection, Garnishment
    •  Landlord/Tenant—Evictions, Repairs
    •  Medicaid, Food Stamps, TANF
    •  Advice for “pro se” cases
    •  Self-help materials
    •  Referrals to other legal services in NM
    •  Help for all New Mexico Residents regardless of citizenship status

New York

Lawyers Alliance for New York
Phone: (212) 219-1800
Lawyers Alliance for New York provides business and transactional legal services for non-profit organizations that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. Its 900 volunteer attorneys from more than 100 law firms and corporate legal departments serves thousands of non-profits working in all five boroughs.

Pro Bono Partnership
Phone: (914) 328-0674
The Pro Bono Partnership works to improve the effectiveness of eligible non-profit organizations in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York by providing them with free business legal assistance and education; and to provide business law attorneys, particularly corporate counsel, with opportunities for volunteer service.

Ohio

Ohio Pro Bono
Ohio attorneys can use this Ohio Legal Services search tool to find pro bono opportunities. 

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Pro Bono
Phone: (918) 295-9429
Oklahoma’s new online resource for pro bono lawyers, has been developed by Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, along with contributions from its partners: Tulsa County Bar Association, University of Tulsa College of Law, University of Oklahoma College of Law, Oklahoma City University School of Law, Oklahoma Indian Legal Services, Domestic Violence Intervention Services and Tulsa Oklahomans for Human Rights. Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma maintains the site as part of its delivery of services to low-income legal clientele.
This project is in an early stage and participation and support is welcomed to make this a practical site for pro bono attorneys.  Services available include locating new volunteer opportunities, accessing online libraries, finding training, and joining an online community. 

Oregon

Oregon State Bar Pro Bono Volunteer Opportunities for Oregon Lawyers
Phone: (503) 620-0222
The Pro Bono Opportunities in Oregon Handbook describes a variety of volunteer programs for lawyers in every county of Oregon.

Pennsylvania 

Pennsylvania Health Law Project
Phone (800) 274-3258
PHLP provides free legal services and advocacy to Pennsylvanians having trouble accessing publicly funded health care coverage or services. PHLP publishes two bi-monthly newsletters and manages a list serve so lawyers can read about the latest developments in civil health law for the poor.  PHLP convenes the Health Law Task Force four times a year for attorneys who need to get together with advocates and clients from around the state to share information about cases and to develop strategies to resolve them.   Contact PHLP at 1-800-274-3258 or 1-866-236-6310 TTY or via e-mail at staff@phlp.org.

Philadelphia Law Works
Phone: (215) 523-9550
Philadelphia VIP promotes equal justice for the poor by providing civil legal services not otherwise available, collaborating with other legal services organizations and promoting a culture of volunteerism by educating and exposing attorneys and law students to issues of poverty. 

Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership 
Phone:  (412) 586-6138
The Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership is a collaboration of legal departments, law firms, and the Allegheny County Bar Foundation.  Its purpose is to increase attorney and paralegal pro bono legal services to the southwestern Pennsylvania community.  It especially encourages new and more creative efforts to provide legal services to persons of limited means and to those organizations, including charities, which work on their behalf. 

Rhode Island
Rhode Island Volunteer Lawyer Program
Phone: (800) 339-7758
The Volunteer Lawyer Program (VLP) is a public service program of the Rhode Island Bar Association designed to help people who have low-incomes obtain legal help when they need it. Its purpose is to provide legal assistance to those who cannot obtain legal representation either on their own or through other existing agencies.  The Volunteer Lawyer Program handles non-criminal civil cases in a number of areas, including benefits, consumer, guardianship, and special education.

Approximately 1,000 private attorneys located throughout the state and practicing in all areas of law belong to the VLP referral panel. The panel includes members who are fluent in several languages, and who have interests in many specialty areas. All the panel attorneys donate their time to help people in need through the Volunteer Lawyer Program. The Volunteer Lawyer Program is funded by Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc. and the RI Bar Foundation and is offered as a public service by the Rhode Island Bar Association.

The Pro Bono Collaborative
Phone: (401) 254-4597
The PBC connects law firms and law students with community organizations that need pro bono legal services for their organization and/or their clients.  The PBC’s pro bono service model is unique in that it involves a three-way partnership-- law firm, law school and community organization—to identify unmet legal needs and create pro bono projects that address those needs.

The PBC staff identifies and develops pro bono projects that appeal to transactional and business attorneys, facilitates ongoing pro bono projects and works to increase access to justice in an effort to leverage and maximize limited resources. The PBC is not a referral program where individual attorneys are matched with clients. Instead the PBC matches law firms with community organizations to provide pro bono legal assistance in a specific area of law that affects a large number of the organization’s clients and fits within the expertise and/or interest of the law firm’s attorneys. An important goal of the PBC is to develop project partnerships, and ultimately long-lasting relationships between law firms and community organizations.  Each PBC project partnership includes one or more law firm attorneys, at least one RWU Law student to support the work of the attorney(s) and the CBO staff.

Homeless Legal Clinic
The Homeless Legal Clinic (HLC) was established in the Spring of 1990 in an effort to address the legal needs of homeless people in Rhode Island. The HLC relies on volunteers to provide legal services to the homeless without charge. The objective of the HLC is to serve in an outreach capacity by seeking out homeless and at risk clients at RI shelters. The HLC can provide direct legal services to those who cannot afford an attorney or may be unable to travel to a legal assistance office, are unaware such services exist or may be apprehensive about visiting a lawyer's office.

Legal Clinics are currently held in six shelters statewide. Attorneys visit the shelters on a biweekly or monthly schedule depending on the shelter's need and attorney availability. Some attorneys volunteer regularly, others only a few times each year. Clients are screened and supervised by shelter staff, and shelters that do not have clinics can easily make referrals.

The RI Volunteer Lawyer Program (VLP) works closely with the clinic program assisting with recruitment and training, and provides insurance and recognition to clinic attorneys who are also members of the VLP.

Tennessee

Community Legal Center
Phone: (901) 543-3395
This year, the Community Legal Center (CLC) celebrates sixteen years of providing pro bono legal services, as well as educational programs and clinics concerning legal issues, to persons of limited means in Shelby County. The canons and to the community. The CLC serves the over 30,000 families in Shelby County whose incomes are between 125% and a living wage– those who simply cannot afford private legal counsel, but who earn enough that they do not qualify for Memphis Area Legal Services. The CLC’s services are available to hard-working people without enough resources to both “pay the rent” and pay a lawyer.

Memphis Area Legal Services
Phone:(901) 722-7105 
MALS is the principal provider of civil legal assistance to low-income individuals and the elderly in Southwestern Tennessee, anchored by  Memphis, Shelby County,  with three other counties, Tipton, Fayette, and Lauderdale, comprising its four-county service area. MALS has two offices – one in downtown Memphis, which serves Shelby County, and the Covington office that serves the three smaller rural counties. Our case acceptance priorities include issues relating to Family and Children; Housing and Real Property; Consumer Issues , Individual and Civil Rights; Health and Income Maintenance and Seniors.

Nashville Pro Bono Program
Phone: (800) 238-1443
The Nashville Pro Bono Program provides lawyers the opportunity to secure home, health, safety, financial stability, respect and hope for our most disadvantaged neighbors. Lawyers working with The Nashville Pro Bono Program provided legal help to 1,668 clients in 2009. Lawyers offer a full range of help, from brief advice to complex litigation, for clients whose problems span the spectrum of the legal system.

Tennessee's Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative
Phone: (615) 383-7421

The Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative was launched as a joint effort by the TBA Access to Justice Committee, the TBA Corporate Counsel Section and the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) to help foster a coordinated approach to pro bono work and support for the access to justice community by corporate counsel in Tennessee.

Tennessee's Alliance for Legal Services
Phone:  (615) 627-0956
The Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS) is a state-wide non-profit organization that seeks to build partnerships to support the delivery of effective civil legal services for low-income and elderly Tennesseans. TALS is committed to growing and broadening pro bono participation by private attorneys and developing an effective pro se partnership with the state courts.

Texas 

TexasLawyersHelp.org
Phone: (800) 252-9690
TexasLawyersHelp.org uses information technology to increase the amount and quality of legal services provided to low-income individuals and communities by pro bono lawyers and creates a virtual community of public interest lawyers that brings together pro bono, legal services and academic sectors of the profession. It is a joint project of the Texas Legal Services Center, Texas Access to Justice Commission, Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation, Texas Bar Foundation, Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, Lone Star Legal Aid, Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid and the Legal Services Corporation

The website provides a calendar of legal and social services trainings, as well as other events of interest in the community.  Pro bono attorneys can register on the website for free access to a wide range of resources helpful for their pro bono work, including listings of new cases available for volunteers, current news articles and links, a library of training manuals, briefs and practice materials, and a message board that allows members of the practice area to communicate with one another.

Texas C-Bar
Phone: (512) 374-2710
Working through volunteer pro bono attorneys, Texas Community Building with Attorney Resources  (Texas C-Bar) provides non-litigation pro bono business law resources to non-profits and micro entrepreneurs seeking to improve the quality of life for low-income populations in Texas.  It also offers legal workshops, on-line resources, and publications on important legal issues affecting non-profits.

Other Texas Resources:

Amarillo:
Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas - Equal Justice Volunteer Program
vigill@lanwt.org
Phone: (806) 373-6808

Austin:
Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas
akmeyers@vlsoct.org
Phone: (512) 476-5550

Texas Legal Services Center
Phone: (512) 477-6000

Beaumont:
Jefferson County Bar Association Pro Bono Program
probono@jcba.org
Phone: (409) 839-2332

Corpus Christi:
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid - Volunteer Lawyers Project
sandra.garza@trla.org
Phone: (361) 880-5400

Dallas:
Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program
aldenm@lanwt.org
Phone: (214) 748-1234

Edinburg:
Rio Grande Valley - Community Justice Program
mhernandez@trla.org
Phone: (956) 393-6240

El Paso:
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid Pro Bono Project
gmartinez@trla.org
Phone: (915) 585-5100

Ft. Worth:
Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas - Equal Justice Volunteer Program
simmonse@lanwt.org
Phone: (817) 336-3943

Lubbock:
Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas - Equal Justice Volunteer Program
mojican@lanwt.org
Phone: (806) 763-4557

Houston:
Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program
frank.olvera@hvlp.org
Phone: (713) 228-0735
Fax: (713) 228-5826

Lone Star Legal Aid
hdesselle@lonestarlegal.org
Phone: (713) 652-0077

Midland/Odessa:
Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas - Equal Justice Volunteer Program
fierrop@lanwt.org
Phone: (915) 686-0647 
Fax: (432) 332-1207

San Antonio: 
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid - Community Justice Program
abuckert@trla.org                                                                                                                  Phone: (210) 227-8822

San Antonio Bar Association Pro Bono Project
suzanned@sabar.org or sdewalt@trla.org
Phone: (210) 227-8822

Utah

Utah Pro Bono Volunteer Resource Guide
Phone: (801) 297-7027
The Utah Bar’s Pro Bono Volunteer Resource Guide lists information regarding specific pro bono projects within Utah. The guide’s intent is to inform attorneys about the work and support involved in each project so that they can make an informed decision about volunteering their legal services.

Each description includes information on: 1- the type of case and what work is involved, 2- the estimated amount of time it will take to complete a case or project, and 3- the support offered from the related agency, such as materials, pleadings, instruction, training and a resource contact person.

Vermont

Vermont Volunteer Lawyers Project
Phone: (800) 639-8857

The VVLP is a cooperative effort of The Vermont Bar Association and Legal Services Law Line. The VVLP is the only organized pro bono project in the state of Vermont.  VVLP staff determines financial eligibility for each client before being referred for pro bono service. Clients are interviewed to determine what legal issues need to be addressed. The volunteer attorney’s name and phone number is given to the client only after the attorney has talked to VVLP staff and agreed to accept the referral.

VVLP will reimburse for any out of pocket expenses from the case such as: long distance phone calls, copying costs, filing fees and mileage. In some cases, other types of expenses can be reimbursed.

VVLP pro bono attorneys receive discounts on valuable materials and events from the National Law Centers. There is currently information available on special discounts for pro bono attorneys from the National Consumer Law Center.

Volunteer attorneys can also mentor a new attorney or an attorney willing to take on a new area of the law. This allows the mentor to get pro bono credit for teaching what the attorney already knows.

Virginia 

Virginia Bar Association Pro Bono Resource Center
The VBA Corporate Counsel Section has initiated a project to help match in-house lawyers and corporate
counsel with pro bono service providers.  None of the pro bono service providers listed in its resource center limit volunteer opportunities to in-house lawyers. 

 

Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center
Phone: (703) 246-2740
The award winning pro bono program was developed in response to the growing need to provide legal services to the underserved who have serious legal problems but cannot afford to pay for the services of a competent attorney.
The Fairfax Law Foundation and the Fairfax Bar Association support a vibrant and expanding civil pro bono program. Volunteer lawyers, law students, and paralegals generously give their time to staff diverse projects.

Legal Services of Northern Virginia
Phone: (703) 778-6800
LSNV is the local legal aid program that seeks to provide equal access to the civil justice system for those residents of the City of Alexandria, the Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William and the cities and towns adjacent to those counties, who are unable to afford private legal counsel. LSNV partners with pro bono volunteer attorneys and paralegals from the private bar to provides free legal services in a variety of substantive civil legal areas, including: family law, housing law, elder law, public benefits claims, access to health care, child advocacy, employment and civil rights law, consumer law, AIDS/HIV issues and tax disputes. Staff and volunteers also provide free legal advice, brief service, and representation in administrative hearings and in court, as well as community legal education, and advocacy before local and state governmental entities. Pro bono volunteers are covered by LSNV’s malpractice insurance. LSNV’s staff screens all cases for legal aid eligibility and refers appropriate cases to pro bono volunteers.

Washington

Advocate Resource Center Washington State Pro Bono Opportunities Guide
Phone:  (312) 988-5783
The Advocate Resource Center, a public service of the Northwest Justice Project in collaboration with other legal aid providers in the Alliance for Equal Justice, provides assistance to attorneys looking for pro bono opportunities and provides information for Washington State lawyers already involved in providing these services. The Washington State Pro Bono Opportunities Guide helps volunteer attorneys find opportunities tailored to their specific requirements. It is a joint project of The Seattle Area Pro Bono Coordinators, Northwest Women's Law Center, the Unemployment Law Project, David Wright Tremaine LLP, and Perkins Coie LLP.  

West Virginia

West Virginia Pro Bono Referral Project
Phone:  (304) 343-4481
The Pro Bono Referral Project is a state-wide organization that works to secure free and reduced cost legal representation for low-income citizens. Formed in the early 1980's we are operated jointly by Legal Aid of West Virginia; the West Virginia State Bar; and West Virginia Senior Legal Aid. Volunteer attorneys may handle cases, teach pro se clinic, do client interviews and screening, join other volunteers for "Free Days", perform contract and judiciary representation, volunteer to oversee West Virginia University College of Law students doing pro bono work, write articles, FAQs, information pieces for the West Virginia Public Law Library web site, mentor or co-counsel Legal Aid staff attorneys or pro bono volunteers, or do legal research and writing.

Wisconsin

Pro Bono Partnership Project
Phone:  (608) 262-2240
The Pro Bono Partnership Project is a volunteer-based program run by the University of Wisconsin Law School. The Project connects second and third-year law student participants with Dane County attorneys and non-profit organizations involved in civil (non-family law) pro bono work. The Project matches students with local pro bono attorneys to work on individual cases. All work in the project is voluntary.​

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