Pro Bono Volunteer Resources Toolkit

Rules Related to Pro Bono Public Service Efforts

The Washington State Bar Association has recognized that pro bono legal service is an integral part of a lawyer’s professionalism by adopting rules that promote and support pro bono by Washington attorneys.

Papers

MCLE Credit for Pro Bono Services

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Emeritus Pro Bono Membership and Return to Active Membership

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RPC Pro Bono Publico

Learn about RPC 6.1

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Resources for your Case Work 

WA Law Help

 Washington LawHelp is an online legal resource tool to help your clients. Help empower your clients by connecting them with legal education materials and tools that give them basic information on a number of legal problems. In some cases, clients can find detailed instructions and forms to help in pro se matters. http://www.washingtonlawhelp.org/

GR 34 – Waiver of Filing Fee

Washington state courts General Rule 34 establishes who is eligible for a waiver of the filing fees on civil cases and other, mandatory charges. If your client cannot pay the filing fee or paying it would be hard a difficulty for them, you can ask the court to waive) the filing fee by filing a motion. Go here to download the forms

Malpractice Insurance

WSBA Moderate Means Program lawyers may be able to access discounted liability insurance. The WSBA-sponsored professional liability insurance offered through Kibble & Prentice may offer several options to obtain more affordable liability insurance. Please contact Heather McDaniel at Kibble & Prentice at (206) 676-5664 or Heather.McDaniel@usi.biz.

 

Trainings and CLE

WSBA Public Service Trainings

WSBA offers free CLE courses to support volunteers who provide Pro Bono service. However, to register for these CLEs, you must be authenticated as a volunteer. Contact publicservice@wsba.org. Check out our free trainings

Pro Bono Services Trainings

The King County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Services offers free online trainings on civil legal topics, specifically geared towards serving low-income households. These trainings are available to volunteer lawyers in Washington State. To find out about all the trainings that KCBA Pro Bono Services offers

MCLE Credit for Pro Bono Services

Admission to Practice Rule 11 and MCLE Regulation 103(f) provide an opportunity for WSBA lawyers to earn up to six MCLE credit hours for performing pro bono service. View the related rule and resources.

 

The Alliance for Equal Justice

The Alliance for Equal Justice is a network of organizations providing civil legal aid to those with nowhere else to turn. Formed to coordinate and foster collaboration to expand access to justice, the Alliance unites organizations providing and supporting critical legal services to those in need. Learn more about the Alliance and how to become involved 

ProBonoWa

Visit www.probonowa.org to locate and connect with one of the more than 70 organizations providing pro bono service opportunities throughout Washington State.

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Questions?

Email PublicService@wsba.org