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The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs and Harvard Law School are celebrating National Pro Bono Week from October 24 to October 28. This celebration honors the outstanding work of lawyers who volunteer their time to help people in their communities and increase justice for all. The week will be marked by ceremonies and panel discussions focused on issues of youth justice and the value of pro bono work.

The American Bar Association launched this initiative to increase awareness of the growing need for pro bono services and to highlight the positive impact that lawyers make in their communities across the United States and in the lives of the clients they serve.

Join Us at the Following Events!

  • The Role of Big Law in Closing the Justice Gap

    Monday, October 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm in WCC 3019

    Legal services organizations do not have the resources to meet the legal needs of low-income individuals and communities. The private sector is a key partner in efforts to close the justice gap – but is pro bono work enough? Join us for a discussion about the actual and ideal roles of private law firms in addressing the justice gap. This program is the final event of the Closing the Justice Gap: A Role for Every Lawyer series.
    RSVPs are helpful but not required

  • Law Firm Pro Bono: The Fight for 3 Survivors of On-line Child Sex Trafficking

    Tuesday, October 25 @ 12:00 – 1:00 pm in Lewis 214A

    Join us for a conversation with John Montgomery, former Managing Partner of Ropes & Gray, about his pro bono work on litigation against involving online sex trafficking of children. Mr. Montgomery will share information about this case and share his reflections on law firm pro bono from the perspective of a managing partner including how and why the firm chooses to take on pro bono matters.
    RSVPs are helpful but not required

    Co-Sponsor: Harvard Law Women’s Law Association

  • Pro Bono Recruitment Fair & Open House

    Tuesday, October 25 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm, Suffolk Law School, 1st Floor Function Room, 120 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

    You are cordially invited to attend the Pro Bono Recruitment Fair & Open House at Suffolk University Law School. The fair is sponsored by the Boston Bar Association and Suffolk University Law School, and provides all Boston area attorneys and law students with a range of pro bono opportunities. It is held as part of the National Pro Bono Celebration.
    Sign Up to Attend

  • Advocating for LGBTQ Youth: A Collective and Community-Driven Model

    Wednesday, October 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm in Lewis 214A

    Join us for a discussion about LGBTQ youth advocacy with two leaders from the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP): Kyle Rapiñan and Stefanie Rivera. SRLP provides direct representation for low income transgender people and transgender people of color in three main areas: survival and self-determination, immigrant rights, and prisoner justice.
    RSVPs are helpful but not required

    Co-Sponsors: Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC), HLS Lambda, and HLS Homelessness Coalition

  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Pro Bono Publico Awards

    Wednesday, October 26 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108

    Attend the ceremony and celebrate your fellow law students receiving the Pro Bono Honor Roll recognition from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court for their commitment to pro bono legal work.
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  • Education Equity: A Civil Rights Struggle

    Thursday, October 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm in Lewis 214A

    Join us for a discussion about advocacy strategies for ensuring every young person receives a quality education. Clinical Professor of Law Michael Gregory of the Education Law Clinic will moderate a discussion of these issues with Brenda Shum, an attorney and advocate with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law and two attorneys from Debevoise & Plimpton, Partner Helen Cantwell and Associate Gregory Copeland. Helen and Gregory will talk about their pro bono work on the groundbreaking litigation regarding equitable funding for public schools in collaboration with Yale’s Education Adequacy Law Clinic. The speakers will also talk about how new attorneys can engage in critical pro bono litigation in the public interest through non-profits and private firms – highlighting opportunities for collaboration.
    RSVPs are helpful but not required.

    Co-Sponsor: Child and Youth Advocates

    Lunch: Bon Me

  • Top Women of the Law Ceremony

    Thursday, October 27 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm at Marriott Copley Place Hotel, 110 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

    The awards highlight women who are pioneers, educators, trailblazers, and role models. This year, Senior Clinical Instructor and Co-Managing Director of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic at GBLS, Nancy Kelly is receiving the award.
    Register for the Event

  • Community Lawyering through a Youth-led Immigrant Cooperative

    Friday, October 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm in Lewis 214A

    Join us for a discussion with co-founder of Atlas: DIY, attorney and Executive Director Lauren Burke, and two immigrant youth cooperative members Martina Carillo and Natasha Lee. The Atlas: DIY team will discuss their cutting-edge Atlas: DIY model – a youth led-cooperative that provides a range of services including legal services and information as well as leadership development and education.
    RSVPs are helpful but not required

    Co-Sponsor: Harvard Immigration Project

    Lunch: Bon Me

Pro Bono Resources for HLS Students

By the Numbers


The number of low and moderate-income households that experience a legal problem each year according to the American Bar Association.


The number of Student Practice Organizations (SPOs) at Harvard Law School, where students work pro bono on real-life legal matters under the supervision of licensed attorneys.


The number of HLS student placements for the 2015-16 academic year in Student Practice Organizations.