Now more than ever, pro bono is more than just the right thing to do.
For the fifth year, the State Bar of Michigan has designated October as Pro Bono Month, joining the American Bar Association and many other states in selecting October as a time to highlight the need for and importance of pro bono civil legal assistance to low-income people. All across the country, lawyers will be taking part in events to educate the public and the legal profession about pro bono legal services.
Our goal this year is to increase the number of visible pro bono events held in October.
If you already have a pro bono event planned, make sure to register your event here on the State Bar's Pro Bono Month website. If you haven't planned an event yet, please join us in celebrating pro bono month this year by organizing an October event. Our website includes much more information, suggestions for organizing events, and links to talking points for Michigan's "Now more than ever" theme. Keep visiting for updates that will be posted as they are developed. We will publicize your event on the State Bar's Pro Bono Month website.
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Robert Mathis, SBM's Pro Bono Service Counsel, at (517)346-6412 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013 Pro Bono Month Theme and Talking Points
Volunteer Online! Find out how you can obtain a referral for a pro bono case. Complete the online volunteer form or contact your local legal aid program.
Contribute Online! Make a financial donation through the Access to Justice Fund to support legal aid by visiting www.atjfund.org.
Submit Your Event! Have your Pro Bono Month event added to our calendar.
Menu of Opportunities
2013 Events During Pro Bono Season
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||All Four One Free Legal Clinic, Detroit
||Strengthening Detroit's Nonprofit Community, Detroit
||John W. Cummiskey Pro Bono Award, Lansing
||Veterans Stand Down Macomb, Warren
||Michigan Law Pro Bono Institute
||Army OneSource Military Legal Assistance Recruitment Campaign
Pro Bono Council of the U.S. Eastern District Federal Court
||Thomas M. Cooley Law School Pro Bono Pledge Grand Rapids | Auburn Hills
||MentorJet "Speed Mentoring" at University of Detroit Mercy
||Grand Rapids Pro Bono Fair
Homeless Assistance Prevention Project, Lansing
||Grand Rapids Bar Association Ask the Lawyer, Grand Rapids
OCBA Pro Bono Month Legal Aid Mini Clinics, Southfield
||Lawyers for the Creative Economy Attorney Orientation, Detroit
Ingham County Ask-a-Lawyer Day, Lansing
||Project SALUTE attorney training, Lansing
|| Power of Pro Bono Panel Discussion, Flint
OCBA Pro Bono Month Legal Aid Mini Clinics, Ferndale
||Thomas M. Cooley Law School Pro Bono Pledge, Lansing
Thomas M. Cooley Law School Speaker, Ann Arbor
John N. Vlachos Award, Comstock
||Utility Shut-Off Protection, Lansing
||Ask the Lawyer Night, Saginaw
Pro Bono Initiative Meeting, Lansing
2013-2014 Justice Initatives Kick-Off, Lansing
||OCBA Pro Bono Month Legal Aid Mini Clinics, Pontiac
||Legal Advice Clinic, Saginaw
Thomas M. Cooley Law School Pro Bono Pledge, Ann Arbor
||Michael S. Barnes Award, Grand Rapids
||Domestic Violence/Family Law Section Pro Bono Training, live in Lansing, simulcast to Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, and Grand Rapids
Pro Bono Appreciation Luncheon, Saginaw
||Free Legal Consultation & Groceries, Detroit
||Homeless Assistance Prevention Project, Lansing
Federal Bar Association of the Eastern District of MI prisoner rights training, Detroit
Governor Snyder Proclaims Pro Bono Month
On behalf of the people of Michigan, I, Governor Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2013 as Pro-Bono Month.
Read the Entire Proclamation PDF
Law School Resources
Cooley Law School offers pro bono programs to assist people or groups who cannot afford to pay. Each program provides law-related assistance and provides an opportunity for Cooley students to engage in legal work under the supervision of an attorney. [more] PDF
University of Michigan Law School Voluntary Pro Bono Pledge PDF
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