Pro Bono Impact

“So be prepared the next time a potential pro bono matter comes across your desk: You not only have the opportunity to help someone in need, but you never know the adventure or impact that awaits.” - Peter LeVan, Esq.

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is committed to promoting access to justice through pro bono service as well as traditional philanthropy.

Did You Know?

In 2000, 64% of surveyed lawyers reported they were doing pro bono work.

The median level of pro bono time contributed was 40 hours per year.

Studies have shown that only 20% of the critical legal needs of people in poverty are being met.

The Philadelphia Bar Association has recommended that lawyers should give at least 50 hours of pro bono service each year.

*See 2017 Chancellor's Pro Bono Task Force Report (Philadelphia Bar Association). 

Why Pro Bono Matters

"There's a huge need in Philadelphia for pro bono help and YOU have the skills to solve the problem. Giving feels good and our clients overwhelmingly appreciate your services." - Philadelphia VIP

"Legal services organizations are unable to provide services to all those who seek aid. Attorneys who provide pro bono service help some of the most vulnerable members of our society obtain legal relief." – Nationalities Service Center

"Pro bono attorneys have often remarked that they receive great personal and professional satisfaction from helping vulnerable children and families. As one attorney explained, 'it’s rare that you know that you have made such a difference in the stability, employment, and success of someone’s life.'" - Education Law Center

Success Stories

When pro bono succeeds, we all do. We should all applaud the amazing work of pro bono advocates in the Philadelphia legal community and nationally. Click the buttons below to read more.

Read about local pro bono success stories

See national models of pro bono excellence