What is probono.net?
Pro Bono Net is a nonprofit organization headquartered in New York City. Pro Bono Net's missionis to increase access to justice through innovative uses of technology and increased volunteer lawyer participation.
Pro Bono Net currently supports two major programs in use throughout the country:
- www.probono.net: Probono.net is an online resource for legal advocates, including legal services and pro bono attorneys, law professors and students, and other social services advocates across the country. The site provides online support and resources to its members, including news, calendars of trainings and events, volunteer opportunities, member-driven listservs, and online libraries of training manuals, model pleadings, and other practice materials. These tools enrich and facilitate the pro bono experience, encouraging greater participation through in-depth support and rapid communication with host organizations and other volunteers.
- www.LawHelp.org: Public interest and legal aid programs in nearly 30 regions are using the LawHelp site to create integrated, statewide access to legal information for the general public. Each web site offers referrals to local legal aid and public interest law offices, basic information about legal rights, self-help information, court information, links to social service agencies, and more.
Usage: Today, over 20,000 lawyers and law students from dozens of major law firms and hundreds of public interest organizations have signed up for membership on probono.net. Thousands of other lawyers regularly access the public resources on the site. Probono.net receives close to 30,000 visits each month and is approaching 1,000,000 page views per year. In 2004, LawHelp.org received approximately 1.5 million visits and over 6 million page views. More than 500 individual staff members from organizations across the country now serve as administrators and actively manage content on probono.net and LawHelp.org.
Organizational History: Founded in 1998 and supported by a wide range of foundations, Pro Bono Net is a nonprofit organization based in New York City. The prototype of the probono.net site was launched in March 1999, with two practice areas in New York City. The first LawHelp site designed to serve the information needs of the public was launched in New York City in April 2001.