Pro Bono Resources

Foreclosure issues
Pro bono volunteers needed. Go to for opportunities and training information.

Disaster resources: Volunteer opportunities for lawyers and resources for the public
If you're interested in lending a legal hand after a disaster, or just wondering what your responsibilities are, the State Bar has compiled a list of opportunities, phone numbers and other information.

Volunteer to assist veterans
Find out about opportunities to do pro bono work for veterans and where to find free workshops to get training.

Guides and tips to start pro bono work

The Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services (SCDLS) has compiled the following resources for lawyers, law firms, bar associations, legal services providers, judges and law students interested in pro bono. Attorneys in any practice setting can make a significant different in the lives of those who would not otherwise have access to the legal system.


Law firms

Local and specialty bar associations

  • Renewing our Commitment to Pro Bono: Tools for Local and Specialty Bar Associations
    The State Bar of California Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services developed a downloadable tool kit that includes:
    • Introduction letter
    • Letter from the chief justice
    • State Bar Pro Bono Resolution
    • Pro bono benefits everyone
    • Snapshot of local bar sponsored pro bono models in California
    • FAQs about Pro Bono
    • Selected Quotations
    • The State Bar’s Commitment to Pro Bono

  • Making Pro Bono a Priority: A Bar Leader’s Handbook
    The American Bar Association Division for Legal Services developed this downloadable guidebook that includes examples of the specific application of models across the country.

Pro bono organizations and legal services providers


Law students

The Path to Pro Bono: An Interviewing Tool for Law Students. The American Bar Association Pro Bono Committee and the Center for Pro Bono developed this brochure to assist law students in assessing a law firm's commitment to pro bono. It is also useful for students pursuing careers with small and mid-sized firms and corporate in-house legal departments.

Further resources