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Pro Bono Counsel & Coordinators


The Association of Pro Bono Counsel is an organization dedicated to the support and professional development of full time pro bono counsel and coordinators at commercial law firms. APBCo currently has over 120 members from over 85 law firms. APBCo does not provide pro bono legal services or references to pro bono legal service agencies. If you believe you need a lawyer, please contact your local bar association or go to

Vice President Biden Invites APBCo and Law Firm Leaders to Discuss Pro Bono Legal Services to the Poor

On Wednesday, September 19, 2012, the Board of Directors of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel and senior management from board members' firms met with Vice President Biden and White House staff, in the Vice President's Ceremonial Office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington D.C. The Vice President convened the meeting to focus on access to justice issues and the role that pro bono counsel at law firms play in the delivery of legal services to the poor. The meeting attendees discussed and celebrated collaborations between pro bono counsel and other stakeholders, including legal services organizations, bar associations and the judiciary. The participants committed to a long-term project to improve law firm efforts to expand access to justice, and the Vice President commended their commitment to increasing pro bono services.

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APBCo gratefully acknowledges the following firms and for their contribution to the historical development of this web resource for law firm pro bono coordinators: Chadbourne & Parke, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Debevoise & Plimpton, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, Ropes & Gray,
Schulte Roth & Zabel, Shearman & Sterling, Weil Gotshal & Manges, and White & Case.

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APBCo FAQ's -- Frequently asked questions about the Association of Pro Bono Counsel

"Mission Matter Means" guidelines to be used in assessing the eligibility of non-profit organizations for pro bono legal services

APBCo Recommendations regarding Judge Lippman's 50 hour pro bono proposal in New York State.

APBCo's letter submitted in response to David Udell's May 29, 2012 letter to the New York Times.


Check out the National Pro Bono Opportunities Guide, an online searchable database of pro bono organizations across the country.

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Pro Bono and legal aid attorney resources - Pro Bono Net