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National Pro Bono Celebration

Thursday, October 25, 2018  
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Message from SBAND President Zachary Pelham

 

Are you a member of the SBAND Justice For All Program? Every lawyer has a professional responsibility to provide legal services to those unable to pay. A lawyer should aspire to render at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services per year. SBAND recognizes Justice For All attorneys at the Annual Meeting in June. Please see the Justice For All verification form.

In fulfilling this responsibility, the lawyer should:

(a) provide a substantial majority of the 50 hours of legal services without fee or expectation of fee to:

(1) persons of limited means; or
(2) charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental, and educational organizations in matters that are designed primarily to address the needs of persons of limited means; and

(b) provide any additional services through:


(1) delivery of legal services at no fee or substantially reduced fee to individuals, groups, or organizations seeking to secure or protect civil rights, civil liberties, or public rights, or charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental, and educational organizations in matters in furtherance of their organizational purposes, where the payment of standard legal fees would significantly deplete the organization’s economic resources or would be otherwise inappropriate;
(2) delivery of legal services at a substantially reduced fee to persons of limited means; or
(3) participation in activities for improving the law, the legal system, or the legal profession.

In addition, a lawyer should voluntarily contribute financial support to organizations that provide legal services to persons of limited means.

As this week is Celebrate Pro Bono Week, please consider your professional responsibility by providing legal services to those unable to pay. Please also consider a contribution to the Pro Bono fund through the North Dakota Bar Foundation. Donations will be awarded to Legal Services of North Dakota. Here is the link to the North Dakota Bar Foundation Pro Bono Fund: DONATE NOW

See Message from ABA President Bob Carlson


Thank you,



Zachary Pelham
President

 

 

 


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