If you’re in legal trouble and don’t have any way to pay for it, the stress can be unbearable. Luckily most law firms do a certain amount of pro bono hours each year. Part of the reason is based on need, and part is based on what the American BAR Association recommends. Clients never have to feel like they aren’t getting the best service just because they can’t afford it. Pro Bono work is done by specialists who are closely supervised to ensure that the best service is rendered.
These are a few of the top U.S. Pro Bono organizations.
- Her Justice is an organization devoted to helping women in poverty or domestic abuse throughout New York City. In addition, pro bono attorneys can provide services to clients who need immigration or divorce advice, and also get orders of protection for clients who are still in danger.
My Sister’s Place helps victims of domestic violence, including children, find cheap or free shelter in addition to providing legal aid.
- Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts represents low-income artists and non-profit arts organizations.
- One of the top ranking pro bono law firms is Jenner & Block. They serve both companies and individuals with financial, employment, and business litigation. The law firm is enormous and provides services internationally as well.
- Covington & Burling is another international law firm with their foot in the pro bono door. They advise clients of transactional litigation, regulatory concerns, and public policy.
Human Rights First works with refugees, and helps victims of crimes against humanity find justice. They work on discrimination cases out of D.C., NYC, and Houston. They also offer internships for up and coming law students.
The Innocence Project works to use the most contemporary DNA testing practices available to help exonerate current inmates who they feel weren’t fairly tried and convicted. They have cleared at least 300 people of the crimes they were supposed to have committed. 18 of these victims were currently sitting on death row.
Kids in Need of Defense (or KIND) helps represent the underrepresented. It provides aid to children who have been classified as refugees or immigrants and who don’t have a parent or guardian to watch out for them.
Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (or TLDEF) helps advocate for transgender civil rights to prevent employment discrimination and promote access to health care. They also provide services to help move the name changing process swiftly along.