October is Pro Bono Month: Now, more than ever, pro bono is more than just the right thing to do

For the seventh year, the State Bar of Michigan has designated October as Pro Bono Month, joining the American Bar Association and many other states in selecting October as a time to highlight the need for and importance of pro bono civil legal assistance to low-income people. All across the country, lawyers will be taking part in events to educate the public and the legal profession about pro bono legal services.

Governor Rick Snyder  made his own proclamation: On behalf of the people of Michigan, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2015 as Pro-Bono Month.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Robert Mathis, SBM's Pro Bono Service Counsel, at (517)346-6412 or rmathis@mail.michbar.org.

To see a calendar with all kinds of pro bono events, including many that are ongoing  throughout the fall, visit www.michbar.org/file/programs/pdfs/probono15_events.

There is also a lot of additional information listed at www.michbar.org/probono. there you may also find a link to have a local pro bono event added to the calendar.

To volunteer, find out how you can obtain a referral for a pro bono case by completing the online volunteer form online at   www.michbar.org/programs/atj/probono_volunteer or contacting your local legal aid program.

Make a financial donation through the Access to Justice Fund to support legal aid by visiting www.atjfund.org.