Chief Justice Debra Todd has published her first open letter to Pennsylvania attorneys encouraging support of pro bono legal work across the Commonwealth. She recognizes this year’s National Celebration of Pro Bono, observed throughout the week of October 23rd-29th. First begot under the sponsorship of the American Bar Association by Pennsylvania lawyer Sharon Browning, the celebration urges the importance of pro bono legal services provided by attorneys helping to advance equal access to justice. This year's theme, "Law in Everyday Life”, illuminates ways in which obstacles to legal assistance have further disadvantaged low-income communities and how the need for pro bono services persists.
Chief Justice Todd highlights the work of PA Free Legal Answers, a program offered by the Pennsylvania Bar Association in partnership with ABA Free Legal Answers. This project connects individuals seeking advice on civil legal matters to a pro bono attorney.
Read Chief Justice Todd’s full letter here.