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Running a Pro Bono Program in Your Organization


Law Firm Resources

BLUEPRINT for Constructing a Pro Bono Project in a Mid-Sized Law Firm -- A how-to manual that contains tips for mid-sized law firms in developing pro bono policies and projects  (ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service)

Considerations for the Placement of Law Firm Attorneys into Pubic Interest Organizations (Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCO))

The ABC Manual: Starting and Operating a Business Law Pro Bono Project --This manual was designed to inspire and assist business lawyers to replicate the success of pro bono business entities highlighted in the manual in their own states or locales. The ABC Project ("A Business Commitment," a project of the ABA Section of Business Law Pro Bono Committee) makes resources easier to locate pro bono business entities by providing the Considerations for Placement.

In-House/Corporate Law Department Pro Bono 

Corporate Counsel Pro Bono (ABA Website)

Aetna Law & Regulatory Affairs Policy on Pro Bono

Government Lawyer Resources

Pro Bono and the Public Lawyer (ABA Government and Public Lawyers Division)


Federal Government Resources

Department of Justice Policy Statement on Pro Bono Legal and Volunteer Services

National Labor Relations Board Statement on Pro Bono and Volunteer Services: For NLRBU Represented Employees

National Labor Relations Board Statement on Pro Bono and Volunteer Services: For Headquarters Employees Except NLRBU Represented Employees

TJAGC: Pro Bono Activities by Judge Advocates and Civilian Attorneys

U.S. Postal Service Law Department Policy Statement on Pro Bono Services

State Government Resources

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Pro Bono Public Services

Government of the District of Columbia Special Assistant Attorney General Program: Pro Bono Work

Maryland Attorney General's Pro Bono Representation Program

State of Alaska Pro Bono Policy

Local Government Resources

City of New York Law Department Pro Bono Legal Services and Bar Association Program

Hennepin County Public Defender's Office Pro Bono Policy 

Additional Materials

ABA Resolution 121A Supporting Pro Bono Services by Private and Public Sector Attorneys

Directory of Law School Pro Bono and Public Interest Programs

Law Firm Attorneys Displaced by the Economic Downturn: Best Practices and Guidance for Effective Pro Bono Engagement (The Pro Bono Institute at

How to Utilize Legal Assistants in Pro Bono Public Programs -- ABA Standing Committee on Legal Assistants

Pro Bono Manager's Handbook is a compilation of important materials relating to the basics of pro bono program management, including recruiting, training, and quality control. This is an excellent resource for both new and experienced program managers (this is NOT a download document. Please email the Center for Pro Bono for more information and to order.) 

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