What if I am a retired attorney or taking a break from practicing law?
Pro Bono Practice Program (formerly Emeritus Attorney Pro Bono Program)
The State Bar's Pro Bono Practice Program (PBP Program), previously known as the Emeritus Attorney Pro Bono Program, affords opportunities for retired attorneys, as well as those who are taking a temporary break from the active practice of law, to assist low-income Californians on a pro bono basis. The program takes advantage of the legal skills, training and experience of attorneys from all practice areas and settings and offers them the opportunity to contribute their legal expertise to California's neediest residents while receiving valuable State Bar benefits.
Eligible participants will receive a waiver of the active State Bar membership fee and have access to complimentary, pro bono focused MCLE programs through our partner Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB). Reduced rate or free MCLE programs are listed below in the member benefits. The revised rules can be found at Title 3, Division 2, Chapter 6 of the State Bar Rules and Regulations.
Learn more by visiting: www.calbar.org/pbpp