American Bar Association
Pro Bono Committee

ABA Section of Business Law

Pro Bono Committee

About the Committee

Committee Mission Statement

The mission of the Pro Bono Committee is to be the nexus between the Business Law Section and the legal profession’s pro bono and legal aid community. The Committee implements the Section's pro bono goals through development and support of model business pro bono projects and activities and outreach to the pro bono legal aid communities.

Committee Facts

  • One hundred thirty-three members
  • Three to four meetings a year, two of them in-person at the Section Spring Meeting and the ABA Annual Meeting
  • Selection of National Public Service Award recipients (the only nationwide pro bono award for business lawyers)
  • Guest presentations at Committee meetings on cutting-edge transactional pro bono projects
  • Member discussion of legal aid and pro bono policy developments that impact the profession
  • Sponsored CLE programs on topics of interest to volunteer business attorneys
  • Dedicated Business Law Today coverage of business law pro bono
  • Outreach opportunities at meeting locations
  • Committee newsletters that report on legal developments and Committee activities

Areas of Expertise

  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Community development
  • Consumer bankruptcy
  • Consumer finance
  • Select matters of professional responsibility

Committee Participation Opportunities
Pro Bono Committee members may volunteer for any of these Committee activities:
  • National Public Service Award
  • Programming Design
  • Publications
  • Section Relations
  • Special Projects

To volunteer for any of these Committee activities, contact Pro Bono Committee leaders or contact the staff at

2013 National Public Service Award

The ABA Business Law Section is no longer accepting nominations for its 2013 National Public Service Award. Please check back soon for information on nominating an individual, law firm or corporate law department for this award.

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Chair:  William J Woodward Jr

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Committee Newsletter (October 2011)
Committee Newsletter (May 2011)
Committee Newsletter (September 2010)
Committee Newsletter (March 2010)
National Public Service Award
Equal Justice Conference

ABA Center for Pro Bono - Business Law Project

Project Home Page
ABC Manual: Starting and Operating a Business Law Pro Bono Project
ABC Project Tool Box

Modified by Graham Hunt on December 9, 2013

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