I believe that most people in this world want to do the right thing. And I know that sometimes you have to gently remind some people what that right thing is. And it’s for certain that if you want people to do the right thing, you have to give them the tools to do it.
We lawyers are in the business of doing the right thing always. We help people who have critical legal problems. We bring people together to sort out issues and make decisions that affect lives and livelihoods. We lawyers poke and prod, proudly advocate and quietly counsel, and help the smallest voice be heard.
You, my colleagues, hold the keys to the courthouse. We need lawyers like you to help across the state. Many counties in Georgia have far too few lawyers to help people who are low-income and have critical civil legal needs. You can help open the door to justice.
Join me throughout October in celebrating pro bono service and for the ABA National Pro Bono Celebration during the week of Oct. 21-27. Throughout October you will find pro bono-related events and trainings here in Georgia. Meet with your firm’s partners or with other lawyer-colleagues to talk about possible pro bono policies and projects. Learn about the structured and coordinated pro bono programs we have here in Georgia and find a way to participate this month and beyond.
I am proud of the work of the thousands of Georgia lawyers who volunteer to provide legal assistance. We need you to remain committed to pro bono service. We also need to reach out to more lawyers.
I thank the leaders of our legal aid and pro bono programs in Georgia for coordinating efforts to direct precious resources to help people access our justice system. We celebrate your work, too.
I urge you to think about how you can incorporate pro bono into your practice. We have resources to help. Our Pro Bono Project manages GeorgiaAdvocates.org, a free website where you can learn about pro bono, download training and practice materials, locate a local pro bono program that matches your interests and find news and upcoming pro bono trainings and other events.
Let’s do the right thing. Let’s celebrate pro bono.
Robin Frazer Clark
President, State Bar of Georgia