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Consultation Document, "Tension at the Border": Pro Bono and Legal Aid (October 2012)

A Consultation Document prepared by the Canadian Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Access to Justice

Pro bono publico
is a Latin term meaning "for the public good." For lawyers today, pro bono means to voluntarily contribute part of their time without charge or at substantially reduced rates, to establish or preserve the rights of disadvantaged individuals; and to provide legal services to assist organizations who represent the interests of, or who work on behalf of, members of the community of limited means or other public interest organizations, or for the improvement of laws or the legal system.


Lawyers consider pro bono to be a valuable way to give back to the community and to help further the cause of justice in Canada. Pro bono work is not a substitute for adequate government funding of legal aid

Pro Bono Committee

The Pro Bono Committee's mandate is to promote and facilitate pro bono service in the legal profession on an ongoing basis. The Committee is composed of representatives from all across Canada who are collectively committed to enhancing CBA pro bono initiatives.

The CBA’s pro bono initiatives help to ensure access to justice for all Canadians. Publicizing lawyers’ pro bono work enhances the public image of the profession. More >>

The Committee is looking for your success stories!

Young Lawyers Pro Bono Award

Every year, in recognition of the one lawyer who has made a significant pro bono contribution throughout Canada, the CBA's Young Lawyers' Conference presents its Pro Bono Award. The Award raises awareness of the importance of pro bono work, and honours the lawyer who has distinguished herself or himself in this area.


Deciding to take on a pro bono case involves a number of considerations.

Prior to accepting a pro bono file, it may be helpful to reflect on a few questions.

These checklists can help with your decision.

CBA PracticeLink
CBA PracticeLink

The ABCs of Creating a Pro Bono Policy for Your Law Firm
A sample pro bono policy that lawyers can take and adapt to their own practices.

More on CBA PracticeLink.

National Magazine
National Magazine

Clinical Success (Jan./Feb. 2007)

(July 2006)

Pro bono
 (Aug./Sept. 2004)

Pro pro bono (.pdf) (June 2005)

Pro Bono Students Canada: everyone wins (Fall 2003)

More in National Magazine.



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