The legal needs of the poor in Pennsylvania are local issues, with great variation across our commonwealth. Although nationwide in its origin, and statewide in its implementation, this celebration is intended to have a local focus and impact. Goals for the celebration include:
1. Recruiting more pro bono volunteers and increasing legal services to poor and vulnerable people;
2. Mobilizing community support for pro bono;
3. Fostering collaborative relationships; and
4. Recognizing the pro bono efforts of Pennsylvania's lawyers
The PBA works with the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network to maintain a listing of events for Pro Bono Week as well as the rest of October. The list is sorted by location. If there are more than three events in a location, a link appears to display all of the events in that location.
The PBA has resolved to designate the last week of every October as Pennsylvania Pro Bono Week, and the PBA Board of Governors has directed that a copy of the resolution be forwarded to the governor, the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts and the General Assembly asking that they officially acknowledge Pennsylvania Pro Bono Week each year. This year Pennsylvania Pro Bono Week will be celebrated the week beginning Oct. 21, in conjunction with the American Bar Association celebration. Read the proclamation from the Governor’s office. Read the resolution from the state House of Representatives and state Senate.
Senate Resolution 435 proclaims Oct. 21-27, 2018, as Pro Bono Week in Pennsylvania
from left: Sen. Jay Costa, sponsor of SR 435; PBA Legislative Assistant Naomi George; PBA Legislative Counsel Ashley Murphy and PBA Director of Legislative Affairs Fred Cabell
House Resolution 1099 proclaims Oct. 21-27, 2018, as Pro Bono Week in Pennsylvania
Pictured above: PBA Director of Legislative Affairs Fred Cabell; PBA Legislative Assistant Naomi George; Rep. Kate Harper, sponsor of HR1099; Arlene Marshal-Hockensmith and Sam Milkes of Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.; PBA Legislative Counsel Ashley Murphy
Save the Date for the 10th Annual National Celebration of Pro Bono
October 21-27, 2018
The PBA does so much for Pro Bono Week that we call all of October Pro Bono Month--our slogan is Every Day is Pro Bono Day!
The PBA is proud to join with ABA President Elect Bob Carlson to encourage you to plan and participate in events focused on disaster resiliency as part of the 2018 National Celebration of Pro Bono.
Disaster survivors face countless legal issues—from insurance disputes, FEMA appeals, landlord tenant disputes, consumer fraud, health and education issues, and so much more.
Moreover, even before a disaster strikes, communities need legal assistance with disaster preparedness through business continuity planning, securing title documents, meeting insurance needs, and other assistance.
September is National Disaster Preparedness month, which is the perfect lead up to the 2018 National Celebration of Pro Bono. We are asking you to do your part to assist with disaster resiliency efforts by offering pro bono assistance to survivors or evacuees of disasters or by helping your community to prepare for a disaster.
Visit the National Celebration of Pro Bono website for planning resources and ideas, to purchase items for your event, or simply to learn more! Contact the ABA’s Center for Pro Bono to help facilitate your planning!
As always, activities involving all aspects of pro bono are welcome and encouraged. The hashtag for the Celebration is #celebrateprobono
Highlight the events happening in your community by adding your event to the national registry!
Do Good. Do Justice. Do Pro Bono.
Pro Bono Opportunities
Expungement and Re-Entry Clinic , Oct. 18, Harrisburg
An Expungement and Re-Entry Clinic will take place from on Oct. 18, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at PA CareerLink
100 N. Cameron Street, Harrisburg. To register online, visit www.pacareerlink.pa.gov or call 717-783-3270. The event is sponsored by Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP, Penn State Dickinson Law, Pennsylvania CareerLink and MidPenn Legal Services.
Pennsylvania SeniorLAW Helpline Training, Oct. 22, Philadelphia
The SeniorLAW Center will provide a training program, "Providing Legal Services Through the Pennsylvania SeniorLAW Helpline," on Oct. 22, from noon-2 p.m., at Morgan Lewis, 1701 Market St., Philadelphia. Volunteers will be trained to provide legal advice, information and referrals to seniors who call the PA SeniorLAW HelpLine. Lunch will be provided. You must register by contacting Joanna Jarzebowska at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-701-3216 by October 18.
Driver’s License Restoration Intake Clinic, Oct. 25, Harrisburg
A Driver’s License Clinic will take place on Oct. 25, from 2-4 p.m., at PA CareerLink, 100 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg. After a brief overview of the law with attendees, attorneys will meet one-on-one with attendees to review the attendee’s PennDOT Restoration Requirements Letter, possible options and help plan next steps.
Interested attendees must have their Pa. driver’s license number and Social Security Number
Register at “jobgateway.pa.gov events Dauphin County” or
https://www.pacareerlink.pa.gov/jponline/JobSeeker/EventsManagement/SearchEvents.aspx, call: 717-783-3270 or email email@example.com.
Past National Pro Bono Week Celebrations