This week (Oct 19 – 25), the ABA’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service is sponsoring National Pro Bono Celebration to recruit more pro bono volunteers and provide more legal services to low-income individuals. Attorneys throughout the states are hosting pro bono events to organize community support for pro bono. There are a few events being hosted in Arizona, but none will take place in Tucson. However, that does not mean the Tucson bar pays no attention to pro bono service.
Even though Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 6.1 does not impose mandatory pro bono service requirement, the State Bar encourages attorneys to provide pro bono services. The State Bar website and Probono.net include lists of organizations providing pro bono and community volunteer opportunities. Probono.net also offers resources relating to fundraising, organization planning tips, publicity planning, and etc. to help individuals plan and organize pro bono events. The U of A law clinics are also great opportunities for law students to participate in pro bono services while they gain practical experience.