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 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.

Chief Justice Todd notes National Celebration of Pro Bono

Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Debra Todd issued a letter inviting participation in the National Celebration of Pro Bono, Oct. 23-29, 2022, and highlighting Pennsylvania Free Legal Answers, a project of the PBA in collaboration with ABA Free Legal Answers.

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
  • 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
  • Sign up for PA Free Legal Answers
  • Register on
  • In addition to taking advantage of pro bono opportunities like PA Free Legal Answers, and, 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

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




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