Resources For Pro Bono Advocates

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Resources for Pro Bono AdvocatesPro Bono Advocates are an important part of the effort to provide legal assistance to low-income individuals and families.

The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network programs work with their local bar associations to provide pro bono referral systems in many counties in Pennsylvania.

PLAN, Inc. also operates and maintains PAProbono.net, a website designed to support advocates in their efforts to provide legal aid to the poor. 

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PAProbono.net
is an online legal community that provides information and resources for pro bono attorneys, legal aid attorneys, public defenders, and other legal advocates interested in increasing access to justice.

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Civil Law Practice Area

The Pennsylvania Civil Law Practice Area of PAProbono.net contains information and resources relating to the non-criminal practice of law in Pennsylvania, including family law.

To access or contribute resources, you must be an approved member of the practice area.

You are eligible for membership in this area if you are:

  • a public interest attorney;
  • a law school student or faculty member; or
  • a private attorney actively engaged in pro bono work or willing to become actively involved in pro bono by accept a pro bono case within the next six months.

You can join the Pennsylvania Civil Law Practice Area by clicking here.

The Civil Law Practice area contains many resources designed to help advocates in their representation of needy clients including:

  • News - Items and alerts on issues of interest to advocates representing low-income individuals.
     
  • Calendar - Listings of CLE Training Events and other events of interest. Events can be viewed by date, location or topic and members can add their own events to the calendar.
     
  • Cases - Listing of cases where you can volunteer to help in representing individuals and families in need of legal assistance.
     
  • Library - Resource materials to support you in your representation of clients in need of assistance. Resources include pleadings, briefs, legal reference materials, manuals and other training materials.
     
  • Discussions - Groups you can join to participate in e-mail discussions about issues relating to the representation of clients needing assistance.

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Featured Story

The Disability Integration Project at the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc. has recently launched a new website www.OlmsteadRights.org that is desigend to inform a wide audience about the rights given to diabled persons under the Olmstead decision of the United States Supreme Court. It also provides resources and information for self-advocates, family and friends of people with disabilities, and legal advocates alike. 

“Olmstead” refers to the 1999 U.S. Supreme Court case Olmstead v. L.C. in which the Court held that people with disabilities have a qualified right to receive state-funded support and services in the community when appropriate, rather than in institutions. Olmstead was a landmark disability rights decision that has impacted the lives of millions of people – both with and without disabilities. The new OlmsteadRights site was launched in conjunction of the 15th anniversary of the Olmstead Supreme Court decision. 

Pro Bono Opportunities Guide

The Pro Bono Opportunities Guide, featured on PAProbono.net, is a searchable database of organizations that are seeking the assistance of volunteer pro bono advocates. Interested advocates can use the guide to find the right fit for their volunteer efforts.

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