Chief Justice Max Baer has published his second open letter to Pennsylvania attorneys encouraging support of pro bono legal work across the Commonwealth. He joins with Jay N. Silberblatt, whose term as PA Bar Association President commenced on May 13, 2022, in urging all Pennsylvania attorneys to consider furthering their support of legal aid and free legal services.
Chief Justice Baer lauds the efforts of those currently performing such needed legal work and recognizes each PA attorney’s contribution to civil legal aid through the IOLTA portion of the annual attorney registration fee. He also acknowledges how critical the need for services and funds remains. “Pennsylvania is a diverse state,” Chief Justice Baer pens, “and the range of legal aid and pro bono programs highlights that diversity. Recent studies still show that far too many low-income Pennsylvanians receive little or no civil legal aid or pro bono support, despite all our efforts, and that society suffers without full access to justice.”
Read Chief Justice Baer’s full letter here.