National Celebration of Pro Bono
October 22-28, 2023
Read the Governor’s Pro Bono Week Proclamation
Read Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Debra Todd’s letter inviting participation in the National Celebration of Pro Bono, Oct. 22-28, 2023.
The PBA is proud to again join with the American Bar Association in 2023 to encourage you to plan and participate in the celebration.
Check out the paprobono.net calendar and see all the events scheduled for Pennsylvania this month!
The PBA Pro Bono Office and its Legal Services to the Public Committee partners with the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service to invite you to join us this October for the Annual Celebration of Pro Bono. In 2023, under the leadership of PBA President Michael McDonald and ABA President Mary Smith, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, local bars and legal aid programs are holding events across the state around the theme of Voices of Democracy: Ensuring Justice for All.
The events highlight the ways in which access to legal assistance affects historically excluded and low-income individuals across the country in all aspects of life. As part of this year’s celebration, we are educating judges, attorneys, law students and legal support staff of the need for pro bono assistance, educating individuals about the availability of legal services and assisting individuals with their legal needs.
Pennsylvania has always been a leader in celebrating the good work of pro bono providers as it was a Pennsylvania lawyer, longtime public interest champion Sharon Browning of Just Listening, who established the Pro Bono Week celebration program under American Bar Association auspices a decade and a half ago. We at the PBA hold programs celebrating the pro bono ethic of the Pennsylvania legal community throughout the year, believing as we do that every day is Pro Bono Day!
A major focus of the 2023 Pro Bono Week is Pennsylvania Free Legal Answers, appropriately enough a project of the Pennsylvania Bar Association in collaboration with ABA Free Legal Answers. PA Free Legal Answers allows qualified users to submit questions about civil legal issues and receive answers from pro bono lawyers. When a response is filed by a participating attorney the user receives a notification by email and can login to the website to view the answer to their question. Visit https://pa.freelegalanswers.org for more information.
Enter the PBA 2023 Pro Bono Month Free Legal Answers Contest.
Earn chances to win a PBA membership, a PBI ProPass and four Phillies‐Pirates tickets. Details here.
Learn more about Pennsylvania Free Legal Answers and other aspects of Pennsylvania pro bono.
As always, activities involving all aspects of pro bono are welcome and encouraged. The hashtags for the celebration are #probonomonth, #pbweek or #celebrate pro bono
Past National Pro Bono Week Celebrations