Pro Bono Week in the legal profession is underway nationwide. The ABA is highlighting domestic and sexual violence survivors’ need for legal assistance. Massachusetts lawyers can get involved by joining MassProBono.
Pro bono work isn’t just a professional responsibility and individual ethical commitment for each lawyer — it’s an intelligent time investment to make. Volunteers are more satisfied by work than nonvolunteers, according to recent research. According to additional recent research, volunteer work influences health and longevity, too.
Pro bono work is also an opportunity to network, and develop and exercise your legal skills. Read more about gaining experience through pro bono work in this guest post from several years back from a Massachusetts lawyer starting out on work with the Volunteer Lawyers Project.
For 2019’s National Celebration of Pro Bono, the ABA is highlighting the need for legal assistance for domestic and sexual violence survivors. Find more from the ABA here, including a judicial toolkit for POWER Act implementation and message from ABA President Judy Perry Martinez.
For lawyers in Massachusetts, MassProBono is an interactive website that can match you with a project based on your interests, location, and schedule. Through the website, “you can find pro bono opportunities that fit your interests and schedule, and find resources – a library, email groups, training opportunities – to support your pro bono work.”
In raising awareness of the need for pro bono work and highlighting great existing pro bono work in the state, MassProBono hopes to close the gap of an estimated 80% of low-income people with unmet civil legal needs. If you feel you don’t have time to spare for pro bono work as a lawyer with a full schedule of personal and professional demands, consider finding more on setting boundaries here, more on time management here, and other productivity tips here.
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Previous annual posts highlighting National Pro Bono Week now redirect to this post.