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The Association of Pro Bono Counsel is a mission-driven membership organization of over 180 attorneys and practice group managers who run pro bono practices in over 100 of the world’s largest law firms.

The Association of Pro Bono Counsel's mission is to maximize access to justice through the delivery of pro bono legal services by:

  • Advancing the model of the full-time law firm pro bono counsel
  • Supporting and enhancing the professional development of pro bono counsel
  • Serving as the voice of the law firm pro bono community

You can learn more about the work of APBCo by reading our report, "Improving Access to Justice Through Law Firm Pro Bono." This report highlights the history of our organization, current initiatives and collaborations with legal services and social justice organizations around the country

APBCo has also published guidelines for evaluating legal work on behalf of Non-Profit Entities, For-Profit Entities, Social Enterprise Entities, and Impact Finance Transactions, and whether this legal work qualifies for pro bono legal assistance. We encourage you to review our statement, "Mission Matter Means 2.0: Statement on the Eligibility of Non-Profit Entities, For-Profit Entities, Social Enterprise Entities and Impact Finance Transactions for Pro Bono Legal Services."

If you are interested in becoming an Association of Pro Bono Counsel member, please click here.

Association of Pro Bono Counsel does not provide pro bono legal services or referrals to legal aid or public interest agencies. If you believe you need a lawyer, please contact your local bar association or go to www.lawhelp.org.

EVENTS

September 12-13, 2017

Hosted by Dentons & DLA Piper
London, UK

October 3-4, 2017

Hosted by Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher and O’Melveny & Myers
Los Angeles, CA

February 21, 2018

Time and location TBD in early 2018
Washington, D.C.

May 10-12, 2018

Time and Location TBD in Spring 2018
San Diego, CA

UPDATES

APBCo Expresses Concern Over Incursions of ICE into NY State Courthouses in Letter to Chief Judge DiFiore

On July 6, 2017, the Association of Pro Bono Counsel expressed its deep concern over increasing incursions of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) into the courthouses of New York State, in a letter to Chief Judge Janet DiFiore of the New York State Court of Appeals. In the letter, found below, APBCo urges Judge […]

APBCo and Various Legal Aid Organizations File Amicus Briefs re Cy Pres Awards

The Association of Pro Bono Counsel, in collaboration with various national legal services organizations, filed two Amicus Briefs recently regarding Cy Pres awards. In Berentson et.al. v. Provide Commerce et. al., on appeal to the 9th Circuit from the U.S.D.C. – S.D.C.A., No. 3:09-cv-2094, McDermott Will & Emery LLP submitted the brief on behalf of the following organizations: […]