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Celebrate Pro Bono Week

October 23-29, 2016

There are several ways for OBA members to get involved and offer their time and service for the betterment of their local or the statewide community. Celebrate Pro Bono Week by participating in one of these great programs.

Oklahoma Lawyers for America's Heroes Program

Launched in 2010 with the mission of offering free one-on-one legal advice and assistance to our nation’s service members, the goal of the OBA and the Oklahoma Lawyers for America's Heroes Program is to ensure that, just as no one should be left behind on the battlefield, no one who has honorably served this country should be left behind in the legal system or denied access to justice. The volunteers are dedicated to serve those who have served our country honorably. Learn how you can serve our heroes.

Oklahoma Bar Association's Speakers Bureau

The OBA operates a Speakers Bureau through which civic groups, churches, schools and other organizations can arrange for volunteer attorneys to speak to their groups on various legal issues. The Speakers Bureau is a FREE service connecting attorneys who enjoy public speaking with organizations seeking speakers for various functions. Engagements can vary from lectures at the local rotary club to an introduction of the legal system for your local middle school to question-and-answer sessions with senior citizens' groups. Learn more about speaking in your community or to others around the state.

Oklahoma Free Legal Answers

Free Legal Answers is a national program developed by the American Bar Association based on the dial-a-lawyer model where clients request brief advice and counsel about a specific civil legal issue from a volunteer lawyer. Qualifying users can post civil legal questions on the website and receive basic legal information and advice from approved volunteer attorneys. Professional liability insurance is provided to lawyer participants. This Oklahoma site will serve Oklahoma residents. Oklahoma.freelegalanswers is an cooperative effort of the ABA, Oklahoma Access to Justice Commission and the Oklahoma Bar Association. Learn how you can ensure justice for all.

Law Day Ask A Lawyer

Each year on or around Law Day, Oklahomans with legal questions may call a toll-free number from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and speak to an attorney at no charge. Last year marked the 38th year OBA members offered free legal advice to the public. For Law Day 2016, 272 attorneys answered 1,421 phone calls and 300 emails, in both English and Spanish, across 32 different counties on April 28. Volunteers donated 483 hours in time and $72,450 in billable hours. Keep an eye on the Law Day page for updates on the 2017 event.