Friday, August 21, 2009

ABA Commission on Domestic Violence Pro Bono Database

The American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence has just announced its new online directory of pro bono lawyers for domestic violence cases:

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence today announced the launch of the first-ever National Domestic Violence Pro Bono Directory, a comprehensive national database of programs providing pro bono legal services to victims of domestic violence and made public online at

The National Domestic Violence Pro Bono Directory is a comprehensive resource for volunteer lawyers seeking to assist victims of violence. It includes a national, searchable database of programs providing pro bono legal services to victims of domestic violence: the Opportunities Guide. This online directory includes the types of cases these programs accept - e.g., immigration, housing, protection order, family law; the scope of representation; the frequency and content of trainings for pro bono lawyers; and the on-going supervision and/or support provided to pro bono attorneys.
Volunteers can also find links to resources for attorneys on multiple topics related to domestic violence representation, and a comprehensive national and local training calendar. Additionally, local and national provider listserves will be created on an on-demand basis, to provi
Our hope is that this vital directory will also identify gaps in the provision of pro bono legal services, link existing programs to address these gaps, help identify funding and support for additional programs, and identify opportunities for collaboration among pro bono programs to pool their resources.

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