SUPPORT LOCAL PRO BONO INITIATIVES
VOLUNTEER OR DONATE
"Rule 6.1 Pro Bono Publico Service. 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."
PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
The defining principle of our legal system is the promise of equal justice under law for all. Yet, despite this promise, there is a crisis of unmet legal needs among the indigent in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation.
As officers of the court, lawyers are reminded of their responsibility to perform pro bono publico service by Rule of Professional Conduct 6.1. One way to help meet this ethical obligation is through the voluntary financial support of local pro bono programs via IOLTA.
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania wants to assure that lawyers are given the opportunity to volunteer their time and talent for the civil legal representation of low-income persons in their communities. Such organizational efforts need administrative support and coordination, which, of course, requires financial support.
A voluntary contribution of $50, or whatever is feasible whether greater or less, will be used to award grants to local nonprofit organizations providing administrative and support structure for the local pro bono efforts.
Your voluntary, tax-deductible contribution can help IOLTA continue to support and expand these programs. Since the PA IOLTA Board itself already has a funded administrative structure, all of the pro bono contributions go for their intended purpose.