Our Pro Bono Challenge Partners:
The designation given to the free legal work done by an attorney for indigent clients and religious, charitable, and other nonprofit entities. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
The need for legal services among the poor is overwhelming.
According to an American Bar Association study, at least 40 percent of low and moderate-income households experience a legal problem each year. Yet studies show that the collective civil legal aid effort is meeting only about 20 percent of the legal needs of low-income people. (About.com)
Due to the limited amount of government-funded legal services, pro bono has become a critical way of ensuring access to justice for the indigent and underrepresented.
Recognizing that lawyers have an ethical and professional duty to make access to justice a possibility for all, Rule 6.1 of the Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct recommends that lawyers strive to render 50 hours of pro bono service annually.
Pro bono is intrinsically rewarding. For law students, the advantages of performing pro bono extend beyond the satisfaction that accompanies service to others. Pro bono can offer valuable training, experience, and professional contacts. Students can also develop their leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills by getting involved in public interest activities.
Pro Bono Challenge Certificate Levels:
Platinum - 70+ hours
Gold - 60-69 hours
Silver - 40-59 hours
Bronze - 20-39 hours
The Pro Bono Challenge is a partnership between the Law Career Development Center, the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, and other members of the public interest community to offer students pro bono service opportunities.
Participating students will receive a certificate recognizing their service based on hours contributed, an achievement that can be noted on a resume. The minimum commitment is 20 hours.
To qualify for the challenge, the hours of service must be:
All pro bono hours need to be logged in Symplicity. For instructions, join the Pro Bono Challenge TWEN page, and under course materials, you will find a document that gives instructions on how to enter your pro bono hours into Symplicity.