Pro Bono? There’s an App for That!

Today’s guest post is from Illinois Legal Aid Online.

The brand new Illinois Pro Bono App puts volunteering in the palm of your hand. Illinois Legal Aid Online launched this free mobile app just in time for National Pro Bono Week.

The Illinois Pro Bono App delivers training and practice support materials to attorneys, law students, paralegals, and other legal professionals with smart phones and tablets who volunteer with legal services providers.  It’s currently available for Apple and Android devices.

Mobile apps are becoming an increasingly important means for delivering information as smart phone usage is exploding. MobiLens data from comScore found that 72.5 million people in the U.S. owned smart phones by March 2011, up 15% from the preceding three-month period.

Illinois, a national leader in applying technology to the delivery of free legal services, is the first state to launch a free mobile application for pro bono attorneys.

This new app leverages some of IllinoisProBono.org‘s resources to make them more accessible and easier to use on mobile devices.

App users get instantaneous access to a statewide database of volunteer opportunities, a calendar of MCLE trainings and community events, and comprehensive legal reference guides.

The app’s legal resources include in-depth guides on discrete areas of civil law, including advanced directives, mortgage foreclosure, divorce and custody, and more.

Non-attorneys can find help on their smart phones, too: Last month Illinois Legal Aid Online released the Illinois Legal Aid App for lower-income residents with legal problems.  It provides zip code-based referrals to local legal services programs, including county-based legal self-help centers, and free, plain language legal information for the most common legal problems.

So, take a break from your New York Times and Words with Friends apps and try something new that will be rewarding both for you and the people you serve. Do your part during National Pro Bono Week and download the Illinois Pro Bono App today. A great volunteer opportunity and reliable support will soon be a click away!

About Illinois Legal Aid Online

Illinois Legal Aid Online is a nationally-recognized, groundbreaking statewide technology center for legal services. Since 2001, ILAO has put the law within reach for lower-income Illinois residents by developing technology and information to increase access to justice. For more information, please visit www.IllinoisLegalAidOnline.org.

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