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Volunteer / Pro Bono Information

Members of Chicago’s legal community are making a difference in Chicago every day by donating thousands of hours in free legal services or financially supporting the organizations that provide such services. The Chicago Bar Association offers may ways to give back by providing access to pro bono and volunteer programs as well as sponsoring free legal training sessions to educate volunteers. Below is a list of both current and ongoing opportunities available through the CBA.


Pro Bono Opportunities:
You can contribute your time and talents to make a difference for someone who needs legal help. Legal aid organizations continue to face increasing demands for their services and pro bono attorneys are an important supplement to these efforts. For more information about pro bono opportunities and how to get involved, please review The Chicago Bar Foundation's Volunteer Opportunities for Attorneys Guide and visit  To learn more about the CBF’s Pro Bono Support Program, please visit  If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact The Chicago Bar Foundation's Program Manager, Jessica Bednarz or 312-554-4952.

Are you low income and can't afford a lawyer? If so, you may qualify for free legal services that could help you. Click for more information.



Community Service:

The Chicago Bar Association offers a variety of non-legal opportunities to give back to community through the year. Opportunities are detailed on the CBA's website homepage. For general information on Young Lawyers Section community service opportunities, visit the YLS Online Community Service Web Page.


Other Opportunities:

Sun-Times Judge Marovitz Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth Program

The Sun-Times Judge Marovitz Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth Program channels the legal community's resources to promote best practice tutoring and mentoring programs in disadvantaged communities that foster consistent, long-term bonds between adults and youth. Lend-A-Hand recruits volunteers from the legal profession to serve as mentors and board members for mentoring programs across Chicago. In 2011, Lend-A-Hand supported 38 programs serving 12,000 Chicago area youth.