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Pro bono comes from the latin phrase “pro bono publico” which means for the public good.
The American Bar Association (ABA) has designated the last week of October, as National Pro Bono Celebration Week. The National Pro Bono Celebration Week showcases the great difference that pro bono lawyers make, and highlights the growing need for free and low cost legal aid for those facing civil legal problems that affect basic living conditions such as housing, government benefits, family safety and consumer debt. LA Law Library’s annual Pro Bono Week Celebration is a week-long series of events promoting and delivering legal services for the public good.
From the East: Take the I-10 W, continue on San Bernardino Fwy follow signs for US 101/Los Angeles, merge onto Hwy 101 N/US-101N, Take Spring Street exit, turn right onto N. Spring Street, turn right onto W. 1st St.

From the North/Pasadena: Head west toward I-210W, merge onto I-210 W, keep right to continue on CA-2 S, follow signs for Los Angeles, follow signs for Intersatte 5 S/Los Angeles and merge onto I-5 S, take the Pasadena Fwy exit toward California 110 S/Los Angeles, merge onto US-66 W, take the exit toward I-5 S, merge onto highway 101 S/US-101 S, take the Broadway exit, turn right onto North Broadway, turn right onto W 1st Street.

From the South: take the CA-55 N, take the exit onto I-5 N toward Santa Ana, continue onto Hwy 101 N/US-101 N, take the Spring Street exit, turn right onto N Spring Street, turn right onto W 1st Street.

From the West: take the Santa Monica Fwy I-10 E, take the exit on the left onto CA-110 N/State 110 N toward Pasadena, Take the 6th St/9th St exit towardDowntown/Convention Center/Figueroa St, Follow signs for 4th St and merge onto W 4th St, Turn left onto S Olive St, Turn right onto W 1st St.
All of the information about the activities, events, classes, workshops and services can be found at our dedicated Pro Bono Week website: http://probonoweek.lalawlibrary.org.

If you can’t find an answer to your question at our website, you can email us at probonoweek@lalawlibrary.org.

Free workshops, classes and services will be offered throughout the week and on Saturday at the Public Legal Services Fair. In addition to Saturday’s classes and workshops, lawyers will be available to provide free consultations through the Library's Lawyers in the Library program on Saturday, October 14th, from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and Friday, October 20th from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. There is no need to register for the Lawyers in the Library program. Just come by and sign-in to speak with a volunteer lawyer!

Please review the website to see what other programs will be helpful to you.
Yes. We have created a special downloads page on our Pro Bono Week website at: http://probonoweek.lalawlibrary.org/#downloads.html. Some of the presentations will be available for downloading. Presentations are uploaded to the website as received, but sometimes presentations will not be available to download.
The Public Legal Services Fair provides an opportunity for people of all ages to learn what no cost and low cost legal and social services are available to them.

The Public Legal Services Fair brings together legal aid organizations, government agencies, social services and community-based groups to provide free services and information to the public. The Public Legal Services Fair is a great opportunity to connect members of the public to much-needed legal and social services.

The benefit of the Public Legal Services Fair is that many providers will be in one location, on the same day, and available to provide information, guidance and direction. Fair attendees will have the opportunity to learn and determine which service can best assist them.
People attend the Public Legal Services Fair to learn about their legal issues, find out about their rights and connect with participating organizations. While the Public Legal Services Fair showcases many legal aid providers based in Los Angeles County, many other supportive social service agencies also participate. A complete list of organizations who are participating in the Fair and weekday programs is available at probonoweek.lalawlibrary.org/#partners.html.
Many different kinds of organizations participate – legal aid (including lawyer referral services and legal aid providers), social services, government agencies and community-based organizations. Classes, workshops and legal information sessions addressing specific topics or subjects are provided in partnership with experienced and seasoned providers. .
Yes! The Public Legal Services Fair is open to everyone. Bring your family and friends! .
Registration is advised for all of the classes and workshops in order to ensure you’ll get a seat. Last year’s classes and workshops were well attended. We expect the same this year. Preregistration is given first priority as long as you show up 10 minutes prior to the start of the event.

The Public Legal Services Fair is free. Advanced registration is not required to visit the booths on the front entry area of the Library. Registration is advised for all of the classes and workshops during the Public Legal Services Fair in order to ensure you’ll get a seat. Last year’s classes and workshops were well attended. We expect the same this year. Preregistration is given first priority as long as you show up 10 minutes prior to the start of the event.

We do have some workshops offered during the week and at the fair that require appointments in advance. To find the workshops that require advance registration, visit the Pro Bono Week website at probonoweek.lalawlibrary.org/. You can also visit the library and register using one of our computers. Registration confirmations can be sent to your email or you can print your registration confirmation for .15 per page to one of our print stations.

By registering for classes, you will also be eligible to receive reduced rate parking. To register for a class and find the classes with reduced rate parking, click here.
No, in the spirit of Pro Bono Week, all events, classes and workshops are free to all. Visitors are responsible for parking, meals, and other expenses that they may incur in order to attend and participate in Pro Bono Week events.
For Saturday’s Public Legal Resources Fair, food will be offered for sale all day.
Yes! Children are welcome. We will have an activities area for them, while their parents are attending the event.
We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available during Pro Bono Week’s Public Legal Services Fair on Saturday, October 14th.

We encourage both attorneys and non-attorneys to volunteer and get involved. Volunteers typically serve as guides before and during classes and workshops and provide other general assistance to instructors and providers during their classes and workshops.

For more information about the volunteer opportunities available during the fair, email us at probonoweek@lalawlibrary.org

Please provide us with your best contact information, including phone, and the hours that you would be available to volunteer.
Each year, the Public Legal Services Fair grows to include diverse LA City/County government, social service, nonprofit and legal aid service providers. While the 2017 roster has already been finalized, consider stopping by to see the Public Legal Services Fair in action, network with the 40+ providers, and see how the system works. If you think your organization would be a good fit, please let us know whom to contact when the planning begins! Email us at probonoweek@lalawlibrary.org
We rely on the generosity of private and corporate sponsors to help us provide these services every year. We are grateful for each prospective sponsor's passion for our mission and desire to work on behalf of our community. You can help by choosing the right sponsor level for you. Click here to download the sponsorship form or call 213.785.2523.

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