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Letters

Judges frequently write letters to attorneys encouraging participation in pro bono activities. A sample of these letters can be found below.

Opt-In Letters: "Opt-In" letters are letters written by judges that invite attorneys to participate in pro bono activities. Examples

Opt-Out Letters: "Opt-Out" letters are letters written by judges that inform attorneys that they have been assigned pro bono work, and are expected to perform such work unless they inform the court that they are unable to provide the requested assistance. Examples

Resolutions

Several organizations, including the Conference of Chief Justices and the ABA House of Delegates, have passed resolutions encouraging judges to take an active role in the promotion of pro bono. In addition, many courts have passed resolutions of their own encouraging pro bono participation by members of the bar. Examples

Procedures

Judges have implemented special procedures to encourage and support pro bono in their courtrooms. Examples

Recruiting

Judges regularly call for lawyers to take on more pro bono cases. Examples

Updated: 12/07/2010

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