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. 22, in conjunction with the American Bar Association celebration. Read the resolutions from the state House of Representatives and state Senate.
Past National Pro Bono Week Celebrations