The PBEye

Pro Bono As We See It
January 7, 2014

A New Year, A New Pro Bono Program

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With the New Year upon us, The PBEye can’t help but think about the possibilities for pro bono in 2014. Last year was filled with accomplishments, but, as we all know, the need for pro bono legal services continues. What are your pro bono plans for 2014? Do they include one or more of the following?

  • Starting a pro bono program
  • Improving participation rates among your lawyers and staff in the U.S. and around the world
  • Partnering with a legal department, law firm, or legal services organization
  • Developing a new pro bono project or launching a signature project
  • Engaging in a global pro bono project
  • Conducting a self-assessment of your pro bono program to identify areas of strength and aspects that need improvement
  • Advocating for better practice rules, ethics opinions, and guidelines that promote, rather than restrict, the provision pro bono legal services
  • Researching the legal needs of your community to determine the areas of greatest need
  • Cultivating new pro bono leaders at your firm or legal department to ensure long-term viability and continuity of your program
  • Attending the premiere pro bono event of the year, the 2014 Pro Bono Institute Annual Conference

Whether your specific 2014 goals are captured above or not, the Law Firm Pro Bono, Corporate Pro Bono, and Global Pro Bono projects are here to help you identify and select your pro bono goals and work with your law firm or legal department to achieve them! You may also want to consider becoming a Signatory to the CPBO Challenge® or the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge®.

Here’s to a pro bono-filled New Year!