Center for Pro Bono Projects
A joint effort of the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and the ABA Business Law Section, this project promotes the delivery of all aspects of business and transactional pro bono legal services to the poor, to non-profits serving the poor and to community economic development projects.
Medical-legal partnerships integrate lawyers in a healthcare setting to help patients navigate the complex legal system that often holds solutions to many social determinants of health--income supports for food insecure families, utility shut-off protection during cold winter months, and mold removal from the home of asthmatic children. Doctors and lawyers are now partnered at over 120 hospitals and health centers nationwide, serving children, the elderly, patients with cancer, pregnant women, the formerly incarcerated reentry community and other vulnerable populations. Medical-legal partnerships receive pro bono assistance from dozens of law firms and lawyers across the U.S. The Project will develop a national support center to further extend the reach of this exciting legal services delivery model both in terms of targeted patient populations and the variety of medical and legal partners involved. In particular, the need for significant engagement by the private bar in supporting the medical-legal partnership model is seen as critical to the growth of these projects across the country.
Through the Peer Consulting Project, the Center for Pro Bono makes available the expertise of experienced volunteer consultants. Center staff and these volunteers provide telephone and on-site consulting to pro bono programs, state planning groups, in-house corporate legal departments, government attorney offices, judges, minority bar associations and law schools regarding pro bono initiatives. A central part of the Project's focus is linking pro bono programs with new partners that can provide additional resources for expanding pro bono efforts.
Technical assistance is available on the topics of program operations (i.e., recruiting, training, fundraising, use of technology, advice and referral), as well as planning efforts (i.e., priority-setting, collaboration with other community providers) and identifying new resources for meeting unmet legal needs.
As part of the Rural Pro Bono Delivery Initiative, the Center for Pro Bono published Rural Pro Bono Delivery: A Guide to Pro Bono Legal Services in Rural Areas. Although the Rural Pro Bono Delivery Initiative sunset in 2003, the Center for Pro Bono continues its work in supporting the work of pro bono programs in delivering legal services to the rural poor.