Using Technology to Support Pro Bono: An incomplete and gorwing list from the US
- Legal Aid of West Virginia developed a pro bono portal that hosts web-based interactive trainings and other practice resources. These resources include videos, document assembly forms, client interview guides, and tip sheets. The portal also allows private attorneys to sign up electronically for pro bono cases and quickly begin helping clients in need.
- The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association, in partnership with the Massachusetts Bar Association and other state and national pro bono organizations, launched the TIG-funded MassProBono website, a portal that enhances the delivery of pro bono legal services to people of limited means in Massachusetts. The site supports and encourages pro bono work, matching volunteers across the state with a wide variety of opportunities that fit their interests, location, and schedules. The centerpiece of the site, the Pro Bono Opportunities Guide, builds on the Boston Bar Association’s pro bono catalog and incorporates interactive functions to create a robust new tool to promote pro bono engagement. In 2015, TIG funded a follow-up project to enhance mobile access to pro bono resources across the MassProBono site, including piloting new approaches to delivering substantive practice resources through mobile devices.
- TIG funding led to the development of the first statewide pro bono mobile application. Illinois Pro Bono provides Illinois attorneys and other legal professionals with a volunteer opportunity search tool, a calendar of upcoming events, and instructional legal content. The app is available for both iOS and Android.
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