The need is great, the responsibility profound.
Many lawyers feel a profound sense of responsibility to do pro bono work and most find they gain great personal satisfaction from doing so. The great majority of lawyers provide pro bono service of some nature. The need for more involvement, especially in helping those who cannot afford legal representation, is great. This page offers information and resources to help Missouri lawyers fulfil their professional obligation to render public interested legal services.
A lawyer should render public interest legal service. A lawyer may discharge this responsibility by providing professional services at no fee or a reduced fee to persons of limited means or to public service or charitable groups or organizations; by service in activities for improving the law, the legal system, or the legal profession; and by financial support for organizations that provide legal services to persons of limited means.
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Presentations at Annual Meeting Missouri Bar Foundation and Public Service Awards Luncheon
Four outstanding attorneys have been selected for the 2014 Missouri Bar Pro Bono Publico Awards, recognizing their exemplary professional commitment to pro bono service. This year’s awardees are:
Douglas Allen Copeland,ClaytonBetty A. Pace, SpringfieldCynthia Lee Phillips-Cordes, Kansas CityJames Sharp (posthumously), Springfield
Lindsay Runnels, Kansas CityCourtney A. Wachal, Kansas CityStep Up for Women, (Project of Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City)
The YLS Pro Bono Publico Awards were also presented at the luncheon. The 2014 awardees are:
Help Track Our Legal Profession's Commitment for Justice to All
Many Missouri lawyers generously help ensure that justice extends to those less fortunate by making pro bono work an integral part of their practices. However, this honorable commitment often lacks the recognition it deserves within the legal profession and is for the most part unknown to the general public.
The Missouri Bar hopes to change this by asking lawyers to voluntarily report the number of hours they commit to pro bono work annually. This reporting will provide valuable information about the collective and individual pro bono efforts of Missouri lawyers, help the Bar better recognize these efforts and inspire other lawyers to perform pro bono services. You will play a vital role in this effort by annually reporting your pro bono hours using this site. We have made it quick and easy to do. Just log in with your members-only bar number and pin and complete the brief form. (Report Your Hours Here)
Click here to view the 2012 Pro Bono Wall of Fame
Click here to view the 2011 Pro Bono Wall of Fame
Click here to view the 2010 Pro Bono Wall of Fame
It is intended to be an easy, convenient resource for lawyers to:
It is also intended be a host site for approved affiliate entities to:
In addition, this site provides a prominent spot to encourage, recognize and offer training for lawyers who provide pro bono service. Content on this site includes:
Click here to visit the Pro Bono Website
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