Earlier this week, the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service convened the National Summit Pro Bono Summit in Washington, D.C. We were honored to be joined by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for the keynote speech on the second day, and are pleased to be able to share his remarks with you. You can watch the video of his remarks here or read the text here.
When you watch (or read) Attorney General Holder’s remarks you will appreciate why Summit planners are so optimistic that change can and will happen. General Holder stressed that “[t]he obligation of pro bono service must become a part of the DNA of both the legal profession and of every lawyer.” He went on to emphasize that “[p]ro bono work must be seen by all lawyers as nothing more than an essential part of their professional lives.”
The National Pro Bono Summit brought together over 100 individuals representing a broad spectrum of the legal profession to discuss strategies to reinvigorate and reinvent the pro bono legal services delivery system and ensconce pro bono into attorneys’ DNA. The lively discussions and ideas generated at the Summit itself were only the first step in laying the groundwork and direction for change. We’ll report in the near future on what is happening next and give you opportunities to engage with the process.
What leadership role will you play to ensure that Attorney General Holder’s pro bono vision for the legal profession becomes a reality? Act now to find just one small way you can work to promote pro bono as an essential part of the profession.