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Celebrate Pro Bono with The Missouri Bar

Join in the National Celebration of Pro Bono Oct. 22-28

Each year, Missouri lawyers complete thousands of hours of pro bono work to help provide equal access to justice for all. Every hour makes a difference with clients and in Missouri communities. This October, The Missouri Bar is joining in the National Celebration of Pro Bono to show lawyers how much their service to their communities is appreciated.

How can you participate?

  • Share your time with organizations: The Missouri Bar maintains a list of pro bono volunteer opportunities, including several with organizations like Mid-Missouri Legal Services Corp, The Missouri Senior Legal Helpline, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Missouri State Public Defender System, and more. Click here to view the full list.
  • Answer questions on Missouri.FreeLegalAnswers.org: The Missouri Bar’s free online legal clinic continues to be a vital resource for low-income Missourians. At Missouri.FreeLegalAnswers.org, Missourians with civil legal concerns can ask questions — and you can sign in and answer them at a time and place that works with your schedule.
  • Assist with the Disaster Recovery Legal Assistance Hotline: When a natural disaster occurs, many victims have legal questions. In response, The Missouri Bar can activate a special toll-free number to support impacted residents. As appropriate, callers are referred to lawyers who offer volunteer telephone consultations, providing free legal advice for disaster-related issues. In recent years, The Missouri Bar has activated the hotline in response to flooding and tornadoes. Learn how you can volunteer with the hotline here.
  • Waive your enrollment fee through pro bono service: Calling all retirees! Rule 6.01 allows Missouri lawyers to seek waivers of annual enrollment fees in exchange for providing pro bono service and agreeing to not be compensated for any legal work performed during the waiver period. Learn how you can waive your enrollment fee by providing pro bono services here.
  • #GetSocial - Follow along with The Missouri Bar’s social media and blog posts Oct. 22-28 to learn more about our Pro Bono Publico award recipients, pro bono resources, and other ways you can get involved. Feel free to post your own pro bono successes using #CelebrateProBono and #MOLawyersHelp.
  • Report your hours: By voluntarily disclosing your pro bono work, we gain a better understanding of how lawyers are sharing their time to help others. Lawyers who complete 40 or more hours of pro bono work in a year are recognized on The Missouri Bar’s Pro Bono Wall of Fame!

This week, we thank all of those who have taken time out of their busy lives to assist others and encourage lawyers to find a way to use their skills to benefit others.

Click here to learn more about pro bono resources The Missouri Bar and ABA offer.