Celebrate! The American Bar Association has designated October 25-31, 2015 as the National Celebration of Pro Bono. This year the National Celebration takes on special significance as ABA President Paulette Brown has added a new dimension. And Justice for All: An ABA Day of Service is President Brown’s signature event and her goal is to mobilize tens of thousands of lawyers to provide free legal services to those who cannot afford to hire an attorney.
It’s all about access; access to justice! This National Celebration is a tool for enhancing and expanding local and statewide efforts to increase access to justice for all. There is an enormous gap in the justice system between those who can afford justice and those for whom justice is denied because they cannot afford a lawyer. Lawyers and other legal professionals can help close that gap by participating in this national day of service. President Brown is calling for a massive, collective effort on October 30.
President Brown and the American Bar Association want to increase the level of pro bono participation among lawyers in this country. Some of the other goals of the celebration include, mobilizing community support for pro bono service, fostering collaborative relationships in communities where legal needs are critical, and highlighting the significant contributions lawyers make in the communities they serve.
During the celebration the ABA will recognize the most outstanding contributions made by lawyers all across the county. Lawyers love a little friendly competition! Please visit www.celebrateprobono.org to register for And Justice for All: An ABA Day of Service and to find out more information about this exciting new initiative. Please use the hashtag #AbAdayofservice throughout the week as you and organizations you volunteer with engage in pro bono activities.
Thank you for your participation in this effort to shine a positive light on the contributions of America’s lawyers in the fight to end injustice. Let’s celebrate pro bono this year like never before and make President Brown and lawyers everywhere proud to be members of this noble profession.
Hon. Lora J. Livingston is the judge of the 261st District Court in Travis County, Texas (Austin). She has served on the ABA Commission on IOLTA, the ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, and the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. She is currently chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants (SCLAID).