Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

A Brief History of Pro Bono: Part Two

August 2018 Bar Bulletin

The Present

By Anne Daly

Last month’s article provided a brief history of pro bono as it initially was performed by attorneys on an informal basis, to the creation of staffed and funded civil legal aid programs to take on the role of pro bono work in the late 1960s. 

Pro bono work has significantly expanded beyond civil legal aid offices as envisioned in the 1960s. While organized pro bono work began as part of the “War on Poverty,” it now is much broader and the majority of pro bono work is completed out of the spotlight.

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