Pro Bono Week 2021


This year, the legal community is celebrating Pro Bono Week from October 24th - 30th. Started in 2009 to meet the increasing need for such services during harsh economic times, the National Celebration of Pro Bono highlights the work of lawyers, paralegals, and law students who volunteer their services to those who cannot afford an attorney. According to the American Bar Association, “Pro bono work is a professional responsibility, an individual ethical commitment of each lawyer.”

The 2021 Pro Bono Week theme is “Moving Forward in a Post-Pandemic World”. In a brief video, current ABA President Reginald M. Turner asserts that the need for Access to Justice is more vital than ever due to the way the pandemic has exacerbated legal problems for millions of people. Turner calls on attorneys to meet the growing demand for pro bono assistance for those facing eviction, unemployment, bankruptcy and more. 

The celebration also showcases legal aid organizations and the opportunities that such organizations offer for pro bono work in local communities. Both the Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Bar Associations, for example, have joined the ABA in planning events to encourage more pro bono volunteers across the state and the city, respectively. A few highlights offered in Philadelphia this week include the following:

The Philadelphia Bar Association’s Delivery of Legal Services Committee also provides a Pro Bono Opportunities in Philadelphia Guide, which was recently updated in September, 2021.

Celebrate Pro Bono Week this year by attending a training, volunteering at a clinic, taking a case through one of the opportunities listed above, or by supporting one of Philadelphia’s many public interest legal organizations!

More from the blog

Among the new books that Jenkins continuously incorporates into its collection is a recent addition entitled Advancing Equity at the Intersection of Race, Mental Illness, and Criminal Justice Involvement (2023). Published by the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section, this book helps...
American Bar Association logo
Jenkins recently acquired a new treatise called State Consumer Protection Law , edited by Erwin Switzer, Alison Eggers, and Kirsten Ahmad. This title, published by the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Law Section, addresses each state’s primary consumer protection laws. According to the ABA, “[...
If you’re a commercial litigator who practices in Federal Court, check out the recently released Fifth Edition of Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Court , edited by Robert L. Haig and published jointly by Thomson Reuters and the ABA Section of Litigation. This 16 volume set is...