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 further 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.
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. Here’s more on joining MassProBono — developed by the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association, in partnership with Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit organization, the Massachusetts Legal Aid Websites Project housed at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, and the Massachusetts Bar Association, with funding from a Legal Services Corporation Technology Initiative Grant.
Find out more about joining MassProBono here. To help with your pro bono projects, MassProBono also provides a library of resources, email groups, and a calendar of events. Read more about the experience in this guest post from several years back from a Massachusetts lawyer who was gaining experience working with the Volunteer Lawyers Project.
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.