Pro Bono Services

"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 Max Baer and PBA President Silberblatt ask lawyers to support pro bono
Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Max Baer joined with PBA President Jay Silberblatt to encourage all lawyers to make a commitment to provide pro bono service through direct representation and financial support and to thank those already heading the call to such service. Read the letter directed to nearly 75,000 Pennsylvania registered lawyers.

Gabriele Miller-Wagner, Administrative Assistant, PBA Pro Bono Department, was a 2021 recipient of a PLAN Excellence Award.

The Pennsylvania Bar Association, in collaboration with ABA Free Legal Answers, has launched Pennsylvania Free Legal Answers.  Client questions and  attorney volunteers are both welcome at the site.  

PBA Pro Bono Office Summary

September 2020 Report Shows Justice Gap
View the video that powerfully showcases the issue.

Pro Bono in the Age of COVID-19

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:

For the volunteer lawyer:

  • Register here to volunteer for participation in the program.
  • Registration requires certification of malpractice insurance. After you register, you will receive electronic documents such as an agreement of representation, a pro bono checklist and a termination letter for use with your pro bono clients.
  • You will receive an official certificate of participation to publicize your involvement in the program.

County Pro Bono Map
Extraordinary Pro Bono Service: Lawyers Making a Difference
IOLTA (Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts)
Pa. Disciplinary Board Information for Attorneys Seeking to Provide Pro Bono Services
PBA Pro Bono-Related Committees
Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN)
Pro Bono Awards
Pro Bono Month
Volunteer or Donate

Clean Slate Project: A Success

PBA Pro Bono Office Summary



100 South Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

Phone: 800-932-0311

Western Pennsylvania Office:

Heinz 57 Center, 339 Sixth Avenue, Suite 760
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 Phone: 412-914-8840