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Section of Family Law Pro Bono Activities

Pro Bono Child Custody Project

LINK: http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/probono/childcustody.html


The ABA's Pro Bono Child Custody Project is a joint project of the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and Family Law Section, and is administered by the ABA Center for Pro Bono. Linda Rio is the Project Director. You can contact her at lrio@staff.abanet.org. The Project receives guidance from an extraordinarily experienced Advisory Committee. This project has been made possible through the generous gift of Melita and William Grunow, in memory of their niece, Ann Liechty, a dedicated child law advocate and a 1998 recipient of the ABA Pro Bono Publico Award. The Project will establish resources, develop standards and create training materials that will enhance and expand the delivery of legal services to poor and low income children involved in divorce, adoption, guardianship and parentage matters. With emphasis on identifying and developing "best practices," training, and technical assistance to courts and pro bono programs, the Project will serve as a critical national resource in the important area of child custody.

Pro Bono Committee

Chairs: Jean N. Crowe


Lynn Abernathy Miller

312 988-5619



The Committee coordinates all Section pro bono programs and endeavors, and selects the winners of the Section of Family Law Pro Bono Awards, given in conjunction with our Fall and Spring CLE Conferences.

Volunteers and Cases:

The Committee has a core steering committee of 6 members, and does not actively recruit lawyers to handle cases or projects.


Section of Family Law Pro Bono Award - Given in conjunction with the Section's Spring and Fall CLE Conferences to no more than 4 local attorneys (local to the city where our meeting is held) who have contributed greatly to local pro bono efforts. The award includes a plaque or certificate of recognition, free meeting registration, and a coupon redeemable for an ABA Section of Family Law publication worth up to $100.

Updated: 9/1/2009

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