The American Bar Association maintains an online directory of pro bono programs sponsored by the Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. It contains information by state, including phone numbers, locations, counties served and types of cases represented by pro bono programs, according to the American Bar Association.
Families in need of pro bono lawyers must often complete an application or apply online. If the client falls within the category of low-income, then the case is referred to a pro bono attorney or even processed as a pro bono case, as ABLE and LAWO explain. The application depends on the client's location and can be found online through the program's website.
Pro bono lawyers take all kinds of cases, including those involving administrative law, civil law and criminal law. In fact, some states' bar associations require lawyers to meet a certain number of pro bono hours per year. Some attorneys do not advertise whether or not they accept pro bono cases, so potential clients in need of representation should call local practices and ask if they are currently accepting pro bono cases. Another option is to contact a state's bar association, which often refers those in need to the proper legal services, according to EnlightenMe.