Nominations Open for 2018 ABA Pro Bono Publico Awards
- American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service
The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service is seeking nominations for the 2018 Pro Bono Publico Awards.
The Pro Bono Publico Awards program seeks to identify and honor individual lawyers and small and large law firms, government attorney offices, corporate law departments and other institutions in the legal profession that have enhanced the human dignity of others by improving or delivering volunteer legal services to our nation's poor and disadvantaged. These services are of critical importance to the increasing number of people in this country living in a state of poverty who are in need of legal representation to improve their lives.
Each year the Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service presents five awards to individual lawyers and institutions in the legal profession that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged. The 2018 Awards will be presented during a luncheon at the 2018 ABA Annual Meeting on Saturday, August 4, 2018 in Chicago, IL.
Nominees for the Pro Bono Publico Awards must meet criteria set forth by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. The Committee is currently accepting nominations from the following two categories:
- Individuals: Individual attorneys who do not obtain their income delivering legal services to persons of limited means are eligible. (Compensated pro bono coordinators are not eligible.)
- Organizations: Small and large law firms, government attorney offices, corporate law departments, law schools and other institutions in the legal profession whose members have collectively made an outstanding contribution toward one or more of the criteria are eligible.
International pro bono work is eligible for nomination, but domestic pro bono work is given priority by the Committee. No more than five awardees will be selected from those who have excelled consistent with the criteria set forth in the nomination application requirements.
Nominations will be accepted now through March 2, 2018.
Although many groups (e.g. bar associations, legal aid programs and volunteer lawyer projects) and individuals do not meet the criteria for the Pro Bono Publico Award they may be eligible for a number of other ABA awards.
For more information on the awards and nomination process please visit https://www.americanbar.org/groups/probono_public_service/projects_awards/pro_bono_publico_award.html.
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