American Bar Association President H. Thomas Wells Jr. is urging lawyers to respond to President-Elect Barack Obama's call for a national day of service on Jan. 19 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) by committing to increased pro bono service:
While lawyers can take pride in the pro bono and community service work they do, the need is greater than ever before. We need to commit ourselves to improving our neighborhoods, our cities, our towns and our country - on January 19, throughout the rest of 2009 - and beyond.
To find organizations with pro bono opportunities by state and area of law, visit the National Pro Bono Opportunities Guide, a joint project of the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, its project, the ABA Center for Pro Bono, and Pro Bono Net. -M