MONTGOMERY – Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Parker issued an order designating October 2019 as Pro Bono Month in the Alabama Judiciary. His order recognizes the valuable contributions made by attorneys offering pro bono services throughout the year and encourages pro bono participation across the state to address the legal needs of low-income Alabamians. In addition, Parker challenged all attorneys to abide by both the letter and spirit of Rule 6.1 by providing pro bono service. As part of the month-long celebration, Chief Justice Parker will host a luncheon for seven attorneys who enroll in a local Volunteer Lawyers Program as new members during October.
Alabama State Bar President Christy Crow said, “We send our humble thanks to Chief Justice Parker for recognizing all of the amazing work members of the Alabama State Bar do. This month’s celebration reinforces our commitment to the Bar’s motto, Lawyers Render Service, and we appreciate the courts acknowledgement of that service.”
Last month, Governor Kay Ivey also recognized the work of Alabama’s pro bono lawyers, issuing a proclamation declaring October as Pro Bono Month in Alabama.
This year marks the 11th annual Pro Bono Month Celebration, a coordinated statewide effort to showcase the impact pro bono lawyers make to the nation, its system of justice, its communities and, most of all, to the clients they serve. Although statewide in breadth, this celebration provides an opportunity for local legal associations across the country to collaboratively commemorate the contributions of lawyers to their communities.
Throughout the month there will be events and legal assistance clinics to serve all segments of the population. You can find a full list of events here.
The Alabama State Bar (ASB) is the official licensing and regulatory organization of lawyers in Alabama. Since 1923, when the Alabama State Bar was created by an act of the legislature, ASB programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system. It is dedicated to promoting the professional responsibility and competence of its members, improving the administration of justice and increasing the public understanding of and respect for the law.