In response to a recent increase in attorneys seeking to do pro bono work, State Bar President James Fox and Executive Director Elizabeth Parker issued a joint statement last month in support of lawyers who commit their time and/or their money to the cause of helping those who can't afford a lawyer.
"We applaud the recent wave of attorneys throughout California looking to provide pro bono legal services around immigration and other legal concerns. The State Bar of California strongly supports access to legal services as a core part of our public protection mission. We support the promise of justice for all, including for low-income people who too often have no choice but to navigate the legal system alone.
We encourage attorneys licensed in California to provide pro bono support to help bridge the gap in access to justice. While upholding ethical standards for attorneys and regulating the legal profession is a core focus of the State Bar's work, it's equally critical to ensure that all of California's residents have access to high-quality attorneys when the need arises.
In addition to the donation of time, a donation of financial assistance can make a huge positive impact, especially with a shifting political landscape. Please consider making a donation to the State Bar's Justice Gap Fund or directly to your local legal aid provider to help make sure individuals and families who need legal assistance can get help when they need it."
Information about providing pro bono legal services in California
Attorneys who wish to provide pro bono legal service in California must have active State Bar status. Status can be switched from inactive to active by completing a Transfer to Active Status form and sending it in along with payment or credit card information.
The fee for active status is waived for attorneys who participate in the State Bar of California's Pro Bono Practice Program.
The Pro Bono Practice Program allows California attorneys who are currently inactive or retired to have active status for the...