North Dakota Volunteer Lawyers Program

PO Box 2136

Bismarck, ND 58502

(701) 255-1406

Fax (701) 224-1621


Contact person: Deb Knuth, Pro Bono Coordinator


• State Bar Staff

Bar Foundation Staff

Other: ____________

State Support Program

• State Support Function

Access to Justice Program

• Statewide Direct Delivery

Independent Program

None of the Above


The North Dakota Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) is housed in the state bar and is funded by IOLTA. The Pro Bono Coordinator reports to the state bar executive director who is also the secretary-treasurer of the bar foundation which grants IOLTA funds. The VLP maintains a voluntary reporting system for collection of pro bono hours. The VLP recruits, trains, refers cases, and sponsor awards.


# of Active Lawyers 1350

# of Lawyers Providing Pro Bono Service 290

# Pro Bono Programs 1

Poverty Population n/a

# of Legal Services Programs 3

# of IOLTA Funded Programs n/a


1995 Statewide IOLTA Revenue $114,490

Program Budget n/a

Funding n/a

% of Funding paid by the Bar n/a

% of Funding paid by the IOLTA 100%

Other (foundations, filing fees, legal services) n/a


Ethical Rules & Bar Resolutions

Policy on pro bono

state bar resolution

state supreme court ethical rule

rule similar to Revised ABA MR 6.1 (includes hours and categories)

pre 1993 version of ABA MR 6.1

4 other rule

Reporting of Pro Bono Activity

mandatory (___ under consideration)

voluntary (___ under consideration)




4 media publicity


mass mailings to new admittees

4 targeted mailings

work with individual law firms

bar event presentations

4 personal contacts/phone calls


4 bar section or committee presentations/projects


4 sponsor substantive legal training for volunteers

coordinate training programs for legal services providers

4 publish training materials


assist development of local programs

coordinate activities with providers (i.e. training, recruitment)

state pro bono coordinators meeting

liaison with state bar foundation

Technical Assistance

outreach to programs

sponsor state pro bono conference

provide technical assistance to:

law firms

corporate counsel

governmental attorney offices


program awards

4 state bar sponsored awards

state bar foundation sponsored awards

personal letters

4 magazine/newsletter articles

honor roll

4 certificates

CLE vouchers/publications

Case Intake & Referral

4 direct case referrals to volunteers

case referral to pro bono programs

statewide or regional:

centralized intake



Legislative Work

involved in legislative advocacy

participate in state planning for legal services and pro bono

Staff State Bar or Access to Justice Committee

pro bono ethics rules/resolutions/reporting

4 delivery of legal services/legal aid

Access to Justice

Other ____________


web site (address ____________)

4 fax referrals

linkage between pro bono programs