Pro Bono - NFPA Commitment

The American Bar Association (ABA) has announced the National Pro Bono Celebration Week October 21 - 27, 2018. Visit the Celebration Website for great organizing ideas and tools. Contact the ABA's Center for Pro Bono to help facilitate your planning.

As always, activities involving all aspects of pro bono are welcome and encouraged. The hashtag for the Celebration is #celebrateprobono

Send Your Pro Bono Pictures

Your own pro bono story has the potential to inspire others to the essential work of providing legal assistance to the underserved!

“The pro bono work accomplished by lawyers across America is dependent, in part, on the invaluable support of trained paralegals and legal assistants.  The ABA is appreciative of the National Federation of Paralegal Association’s leadership to promote pro bono by its member organizations and of the tremendous pro bono commitment of individual paralegals throughout the country.” - Linda A. Klein, Esquire, Past President of the American Bar Association, (ABA) 

For additional information on this and other pro bono and community service opportunities, please contact Christine Flynn.


ABA HYLN Pro Bono Survey: This short survey is for lawyers, law firms, pro bono programs, law schools, and other legal service providers who are interested in getting involved with the pro bono initiative. Your responses to this survey will equip the ABA to begin collaborating with you to potentially match your organization with a local homeless youth shelter or drop-in center to provide pro bono legal services.


ALDF’s Pro Bono Program is the nation’s largest pro bono network for animal protection. Working to expand the practice and understanding of animal law in the legal community, the Pro Bono Program partners with attorneys and pro bono coordinators across the country. The program utilizes these volunteers to support the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s litigation, criminal justice, and legislative goals. We provide volunteers with access to the organizations’ resources and expertise, including model laws, pleadings and briefs, and current animal protection laws. Through the program, thousands of pro bono hours have been donated on behalf of animals, and some of the most significant cases in the field of animal law involved pro bono counsel.

The Pro Bono Program also works to expand the practice and understanding of animal law in the legal community by delivering presentations at law firms and state bar association events and keeping volunteers updated on the latest cases, animal law conferences, and continuing legal education opportunities.  Additionally, the Pro Bono Program assists bar association members interested in forming or sustaining animal law bar sections or committees.

Join as an attorney or paralegal member today and learn more about the many ways in which you can get involved in animal law.

Questions? Contact the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Pro Bono Program at ProBono@aldf.org.

Visit www.aldf.org for additional information and to become a paralegal member.


NFPA is committed to paralegal involvement in pro bono services and the delegates have adopted pro bono related agenda topics since 1979. With the legal needs of low-income individuals increasing, paralegal involvement in pro bono activities has become even more critical. Paralegals can benefit the community, the private bar, the judiciary, and the paralegal profession by volunteering of their time, abilities, and skills as trained legal professionals. Pro bono activities also give the local paralegal associations’ greater visibility with bar associations, the judiciary and the public.

  • 1979 - NFPA reaffirms its support of public interest activities (NFPA Resolution 79-12)
  • 1984 - NFPA Pro Bono Committee Established (NFPA Resolution 84-10)
  • 1989 - NFPA Pro Bono Coordinator Established (NFPA Resolution 89-9)
  • 1999 - Canon 1.4 of NFPA's Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Guidelines for Enforcement amended to include 24-hour annual pro bono aspiration and definition of pro bono services adopted (NFPA Resolution 99F-4)
  • 2001 - NFPA delegates vote to include pro bono participation towards continuing legal education credits (NFPA Resolution 01S-08)
  • 2002 - NFPA delegates vote to include pro bono administrative hours towards annual 24-hour aspiration (NFPA Resolution 02F-1)
  • 2006 - NFPA delegates vote to create a program to acknowledge and recognize the endeavors and contributions that paralegals make towards community service projects. Canon 1.4 of NFPA's Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Guidelines for Enforcement amended to include 24-hour annual community service aspiration and definition of community service adopted (NFPA Resolution 06-05)
  • 2006 - NFPA delegates vote to designate May as Pro Bono month (NFPA Resolution 06-03)
  • 2012 - NFPA delegates vote to change Pro Bono month from May to October to coincide with the ABA Celebration of Pro Bono (NFPA Resolution 12-01)

NFPA Continues to Encourage Paralegal Pro Bono Work

  • At the NFPA Annual Convention two Pro Bono awards are given, one to an individual and one to an association. 
  • NFPA hosts a pro bono conference annually, either face-to-face or through a series of webinars.
  • Many NFPA member associations have a Pro Bono Coordinator. 

NFPA Member Associations with a Pro Bono Chair

State Association Website
AK Alaska Association of Paralegals http://www.alaskaparalegals.org
AR Arkansas Paralegal Association http://www.arkansasparalegal.org
CA Sacramento Valley Paralegal Association http://www.svpa.org
CO Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association http://www.rockymtnparalegal.org
CT Central Connecticut Paralegal Association, Inc. http://www.ctparalegals.org
CT New Haven County Association of Paralegals, Inc. http://www.nhcap.org
DC National Capital Area Paralegal Association http://www.ncapa.com
FL South Florida Paralegal Association http://www.sfpa.org
FL Tampa Bay Paralegal Association http://www.tbpa.org
GA Georgia Association of Paralegals, Inc. http://www.gaparalegal.org
IL Illinois Paralegal Assocation http://www.ipaonline.org
IN Indiana Paralegal Association http://indianaparalegals.org
IN  Michiana Paralegal Association http://www.michianaparalegalassociation.org/
IN Northeast Indiana Paralegal Association, Inc. http://www.niparalegal.org
KS Kansas Paralegal Association http://www.ksparalegals.org
KY Greater Lexington Paralegal Association, Inc. http://www.lexingtonparalegals.com
LA Baton Rouge Paralegal Association http://www.brparalegals.com
LA New Orleans Paralegal Association http://www.nopa.onefireplace.com
MA Central Massachusetts Paralegal Association http://www.cmpa.net/ 
MA Massachusetts Paralegal Association http://www.massparalegal.org
MD Maryland Association of Paralegals http://www.mdparalegals.org
MN Minnesota Paralegal Association http://www.mnparalegals.org
MO Missouri Paralegal Association http://www.missouriparalegalassoc.org
NH Paralegal Association of New Hampshire http://www.panh.org
NJ South Jersey Paralegal Association http://www.sjpaparalegals.org
NY Capital District Paralegal Association http://www.capitaldistrictparalegals.org
NY New York City Paralegal Association http://www.nyc-pa.org
NY Paralegal Association of Rochester http://www.rochesterparalegal.org
NY Western New York Paralegal Association, Inc. http://www.wnyparalegals.org
OH Cleveland Association of Paralegals, Inc. http://www.capohio.org
OH Paralegal Association of Central Ohio http://pacoparalegals.org
OR Oregon Paralegal Association http://www.oregonparalegals.org
PA Bucks County Paralegal Association http://www.buckscoparalegals.com
PA Central Pennsylvania Paralegal Association http://centralpaparalegals.com
PA Chester County Paralegal Association http://www.chescoparalegal.org/ 
PA Lycoming County Paralegal Association http://www.lycolaw.org/lcpa/main.htm
PA Montgomery County Paralegal Association http://www.montcoparalegals.org
PA Philadelphia Association of Paralegals http://www.philaparalegals.com
PA Pittsburgh Paralegal Association http://www.pghparalegals.org
RI Rhode Island Paralegal Association http://www.riparalegals.org
TN Middle Tennessee Paralegal Association http://mtpa.memberlodge.org
TX Dallas Area Paralegal Association http://dallasparalegals.org
VA Paralegal Association of Northern Virginia http://www.panv.org
VT Vermont Paralegal Organization http://www.vtparalegal.org
WA Washington State Paralegal Association http://www.wspaonline.org
WI Paralegal Association of Wisconsin http://www.wisconsinparalegal.org
     
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