PBN BRIDGES THE GAP
WHAT WE DO
With more than 85 percent of low-income Americans’ civil legal needs going unmet annually, the legal aid community faces enormous demand for its services. PBN connects attorneys who want to volunteer with workable pro bono opportunities that make an impact.
HOW WE WORK
PBN makes attorney volunteerism work, bridging the gap between the need for civil legal aid and the untapped potential of volunteer attorneys. We provide attorneys with structure and support so their volunteer commitment fits their situation. And we make connections to clients who need assistance.
During our first 10 years, PBN partnered with more than 20 community organizations and legal aid agencies. We recruited and supported 400 volunteer attorneys and 30 translators who have contributed 25,000 volunteer hours— totally over $6.25M in free legal services—to help 4,500 clients.
Building Collaborative Programs that Support Volunteers and Expand Legal Assistance
PBN programs are developed to support our volunteer attorneys while also expanding access to legal aid. Through our unique model, we forge collaborative relationships with reputable legal aid agencies in the Chicago area, and together develop mutually beneficial programs in which our volunteers augment their work. Many of our programs pair up volunteer attorneys so that they can work in partnership and provide back-up for one another on any given day. We also offer regular training that provides volunteers with the information they need to be effective.