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Pro Bono Attorneys Deskbook

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A lawyer should be mindful of deficiencies in the administration of justice and of the fact that the poor, and sometimes persons who are not poor, cannot afford adequate legal assistance, and should therefore devote professional time and civic influence in their behalf. 

                  Preamble, Rule 4,  Rules of Professional Conduct.


Welcome.  Thanks for being a pro bono attorney!


This virtual deskbook was created on the initiative of the Supreme Court Commission on Pro Se Litigation (now named Committee on Access to Family Courts) to support and appreciate the many attorneys across the state providing pro bono legal services to needy persons. You are increasing access to the justice system for all citizens.  We appreciate your acting on the highest values of our profession.


As a pro bono attorney you are part of a community of lawyers across Missouri. Do you have a question which you would like to ask other pro bono attorneys?  Do you have a practice tip you would like to share?  Join the Pro Bono Attorneys ListservClick here for instructions on joining. For tips on how to use the list serve, click here.


This deskbook is a living resource. Additions and revisions will be continually added. Your suggested additions or revisions are invited or if you have a question about the deskbook, contact us by e-mail.


Pro bono attorneys are always looking for forms and practice aids.  If you have a form or practice aid which you designed and would like to share, go to the Missouri Bar File Exchange  and upload your form or guide to be shared by others. [Note: to do this, you will first need to go to the Members Only page (you must log in first) and then click on the Online File Bank link on the left side. Once you do, you'll be at the Mo Bar Forms Library].


NOTE:  Some links from this Deskbook will take you to sites outside of the Deskbook.  Use your web browser back button to return to this Deskbook from these sites.


Reminder: If you are using a public computer, you will want to follow the link button at the top of the page to go back to the Missouri Bar Members Only page and log out!


Revised July, 2008

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