By: April Faith-Slaker, Senior Staff Attorney, American Bar Association Standing Committee for Pro Bono & Public Service.


There is something profoundly American about a vast network of individuals contributing their time and talent, aspiring for collective justice. Throughout the history of the American legal profession, law-related public service—an act that is simultaneously individualistic and communal—has been an important element of what it has meant to be a lawyer. Beyond monolithic laws, pro bono is a living, breathing form of justice, evolving with each generation and responding to each cry for help from the beleaguered and needy. Through pro bono the profession wages its own war on poverty and injustice, one act of service at a time.