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The Missouri Bar celebrates pro bono work

Missouri lawyers provide thousands of hours of pro bono services every year, continuously demonstrating the commitment the profession has when it comes to equal access to justice for all. This week, The Missouri Bar is joining in the National Celebration of Pro Bono to show lawyers how much their service to their communities is appreciated.

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  • Volunteer 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.
  • Help with Missouri.FreeLegalAnswers.org: The Missouri Bar’s free online legal clinic is a vital resource for low-income Missourians. At Missouri.FreeLegalAnswers.org, citizens with civil legal concerns can ask questions — and you can sign in and answer them whenever and wherever it is convenient for you.
  • Assist with the Disaster Recovery Legal Assistance Hotline: In the event of a natural disaster, The Missouri Bar can activate a special toll-free number to take requests for legal help from impacted Missourians. When appropriate, callers are referred to lawyers who offer volunteer telephone consultations, providing free legal advice for disaster-related issues. The Missouri Bar recently activated the hotline in response to flooding in the St. Louis area. Learn how you can volunteer with the hotline here.
  • Waive your enrollment fee through pro bono service: 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. Click here to learn how you can waive your enrollment fee by providing pro bono services.
  • Collaborate with others: From committees and appointments to presenting CLE programs or writing for MissouriLawyersHelp.org, there are many ways lawyers can be involved in The Missouri Bar and come together to help others. Learn more here. The Missouri Bar welcomes your active participation.
  • Post on social media - Follow along with The Missouri Bar’s social media and blog posts this week to learn more about our Pro Bono Publico award winners, pro bono resources, and other ways you can get involved. Feel free to post your own pro bono successes using #CelebrateProBono and #MOLawyersHelp.

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

Hundreds of Missouri lawyers volunteer their time and expertise each year to help individuals who cannot afford to access legal services. This week, we thank all of those who have taken time out of their busy lives to assist others.

Help recognize National Celebration of Pro Bono week this year by finding a way to use your unique skills to benefit your community.