Pro Bono Services

Please check out the recently completed Pro Bono Month 2023 (October and more)

"Service is the rent we pay for living. It is not something to do in your spare time; it is the very purpose of life."
-Marion Wright Edelman, founder, Children's Defense Fund

Chief Justice Debra Todd and PBA President McDonald thank lawyers for support of pro bono

Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Debra Todd joined with PBA President Michael J. McDonald to encourage all lawyers to make a commitment to provide pro bono service and to thank those already heading the call. Read the letter directed to all of Pennsylvania’s registered lawyers.


Welcome to the Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Program

Through this program, PBA members screen matters and handle cases in their areas of practice or expertise for Pennsylvania’s poor, free of charge. The PBA Pro Bono Office and Legal Services to the Public Committee coordinate the program.

For the client:
Clients in need of free legal services assistance can find help in several ways:

  • Visit Pennsylvania Free Legal Answers
  • Please check out the resources at palawhelp.org.
  • You can directly contact those lawyer volunteers who publicize their participation in the pro bono program in their local communities.

  • For the volunteer lawyer:

  • Check out palawhelp.org
  • Sign up for PA Free Legal Answers
  • Register on PAprobono.net
  • In addition to taking advantage of pro bono opportunities like PA Free Legal Answers, PAprobono.net and PAlawhelp.org, lawyers should promote access to justice in these ways:

  • Partner with local legal aid providers
  • Be concerned about the lack of access to justice
  • Promote access to justice as a benefit to society as a whole
  • Let others—friends, representatives, media—know of your concern!
  • Use banks that offer highest interest on IOLTA accounts and encourage others to become Platinum Leaders!
  • Donate to Legal Aid


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