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Frequently Asked Questions

• Does the Pro Bono Institute provide legal representation or make referrals to private attorneys? 
• How can I become a member of the Law Firm Pro Bono Project?
• Where can I view a list of publications and resources available from the Pro Bono Institute?
• How can I get information about and register for the Pro Bono Institute Annual Conference?
• Does the Pro Bono Institute provide its services and publications for free or at a discount?
• How can I obtain statistical information on the pro bono activity of large law firms?
• Where can I find more information about the Corporate Pro Bono Project?
• How can I contact the Pro Bono Institute?

 

Q: Does the Pro Bono Institute provide legal representation or make referrals to private attorneys?

A: No. The Pro Bono Institute respects its relationship with its clients as a consulting body and recommends those seeking assistance contact their local legal services program or bar association or go to www.findlegalhelp.org or www.lawhelp.org.

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Q: How can I become a member of the Law Firm Pro Bono Project?

A: The Law Firm Pro Bono Project offers a membership program to any law firm with 50 or more attorneys. Firms that elect to become members pay an annual membership fee based on the size of their firm and, in return, receive services and resources from the Project. For more information, please visit our Membership page.

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Q: Where can I view a list of publications and resources available from the Pro Bono Institute?

A: Publications and other resources available from the Pro Bono Institute may be ordered by going to the Publications section of this website. Member Law Firms may obtain many publications free of charge on the Members Only section of the website.

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Q: How can I obtain information about and register for the Pro Bono Institute Annual Conference?

A: Attendance at the Conference is limited to attorneys and staff at larger law firms, in-house lawyers and staff at corporate legal departments.  Leaders of public interest and pro bono organizations may attend by invitation only. For more information please visit the Annual Conference page.

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Q: Does the Pro Bono Institute provide its services and publications for free or at a discount?

A: Due to limited resources, the Pro Bono Institute cannot offer its services and products, such as training programs, publications, and consultation services, at a discounted rate or at no cost. Major law firms that become Members pay an annual fee that permits them to receive services at no additional cost or at a deeply discounted rate. For public interest organizations, some free materials are available on this Web site and registration for the Annual Conference is offered at a reduced rate, but other services and products are available on a fee-for-service basis.

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Q: How can I obtain statistical information on the pro bono activity of large law firms?

A: The Pro Bono Institute administers the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge®, a series of aspirational standards for larger law firms. While law firms that have signed on to the Challenge annually report their pro bono statistics to the Pro Bono Institute, they do so on a confidential basis. The Institute cannot release information about individual law firm performance. However, you may access the Challenge and a list of law firms that have signed on to the Challenge. Periodically, the Institute prepares and disseminates reports that provide aggregated information on pro bono performance and trends in law firm pro bono. These reports are made available free of charge to Challenge Signatory firms and Member Law Firms and may be purchased by others. The American Lawyer magazine annually publishes its own survey, by firm, of the pro bono statistics of the nation’s top 100 law firms, using the Challenge definition of pro bono.

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Q: Where can I find more information about the Corporate Pro Bono Project?

A: Please visit the Corporate Pro Bono website, or email the Corporate Pro Bono Project at cpbo@probonoinst.org.

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Q: How can I contact the Pro Bono Institute?

A: Our contact information is:

Pro Bono Institute
1025 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 205
Washington DC, 20036

Phone: (202) 729-6699
Fax: (202) 296-0303
Email: probono@probonoinst.org

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