Take the MBA Pro Bono Pledge
Visit www.mbabar.org/AboutUs/ProBono.html to sign the pledge.
Thousands of low-income Oregon residents face serious legal problems. Families are losing their homes to foreclosure. Women and children are threatened by abusive relationships. People with disabilities are being unfairly denied benefits. Oregon's poverty population has grown dramatically during the recession.
Sadly, there is no correlation between the severity of a legal problem and a person's ability to pay for an attorney. In Oregon we are meeting less than 18% of the civil legal needs of the poor. Attorneys and law firms who have taken the MBA Pro Bono Pledge help fill this ever-increasing justice gap.
The Pro Bono Pledge effort started in 2008 and it calls on attorneys to commit to at least one pro bono matter per year. In addition, law firms are asked to adopt a written pro bono policy and to encourage participation in the individual pledge. Both firms and attorneys are asked to financially support legal service organizations. During 2016, 65 law firms and 61 individual attorneys rose to the challenge and signed the pledge.
Pro bono attorneys make a huge impact on the lives of their clients. By taking the Pro Bono Pledge, and giving their time and money, Multnomah County lawyers are making a significant contribution to our community. To sign the 2017 Pro Bono Pledge please visit www.mbabar.org/AboutUs/ProBono.html. You can also find other pro bono resources such as pro bono opportunities and an interactive tool to create a firm pro bono policy on the website. Together, we can make a difference.
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