ABA Giving Day

October 28, 2021


Community First. Our guiding vision to support the people and the programs that bring communities together and make communities stronger. Held in conjunction with the National Celebration of Pro Bono — a time that recognizes the collective power of free legal services — ABA Giving Day highlights critical programs that need your support to make justice real by driving change across communities through direct pro bono service, trainings and technical assistance, civic education and scholarships and programs for aspiring young students and law students.


ABA FJE Annual Fund Impacts All Communities

Unrestricted donations support programs in greatest need and expand the ABA’s ability to address emerging legal issues.  Your ABA FJE Annual Fund donation provides flexible funding to provide a myriad of legal services that protect individuals’ livelihoods, home ownership, custody or guardianship of loved ones, citizenship, heath care, and more.

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Over 33% of all US children will experience a child protective services investigation by age 18. Support the ABA Center on Children and the Law’s efforts to improve due process and legal representation in the high stakes field of child welfare law.

Involvement with the criminal justice system can impede access to housing, employment, and education that perpetuates a cycle of poverty.  The ABA Homeless Court program breaks down legal barriers to self-sufficiency through one of its 70 courts nationwide.

Help the next generation of civic leaders better understand the role laws, people, and institutions have in shaping public policy.  The ABA National Civics & Law Academy provides an immersive Washington, DC experience for underserved high school students.

Empower lawyers and advocates from across the nation and in all practice areas to drive social change through support of the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice. CRSJ provides the roadmap for advancing the principles of civil rights, social justice, human rights, equity and inclusion.

Junior-enlisted military members often face barriers accessing the civil justice system when relocated to jurisdictions outside where their legal problems arise. Those who cannot afford to hire attorneys turn to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project and its team of pro bono attorneys.

Income should not limit access to a lawyer. ABA Free Legal Answers is a virtual legal aid clinic that provides individuals and families across the country with free online legal help concerning lost jobs, evictions, insurance claims, and more.

The Disaster Legal Services Program of the ABA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) responds to the unmet legal needs that arise after natural disasters. Through a partnership with FEMA, the YLD has provided disaster legal services to low-income disaster survivors in 47 states and 4 U.S. territories.

The ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence (CDSV) mobilizes the profession to advocate for gender-based violence survivors and help provide victim safety, offender accountability and systemic reform.

The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund (LOSF) infuses the legal profession with diversity, equity, and inclusion while empowering students of color as they embark on their rigorous academic journey to becoming an attorney.

The Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) increases diversity in the courts by providing summer internships to deserving, underrepresented law students. The program assists young diverse professionals as they enter their legal careers further advancing diversity in the profession.

The Public Service Fellows of the Section of Taxation provide direct assistance to marginalized taxpayers. With the addition of stimulus support and changes to the Tax Code, access to free tax assistance is more crucial now than ever to ensure low-income taxpayers receive the financial support they need. Fellows restore financial order to people's lives.

The ABA Death Penalty Representation Project works to improve the quality and availability of legal representation for persons facing possible death sentences and reform of death penalty systems to ensure fairness and due process.

Secure Due Process for Immigrants and Asylum Seekers

The ABA Commission on Immigration and its projects serve thousands of migrants annually.  Their efforts help increase pro bono attorney representation, secure legal counsel in court, and promote public policies that better ensure fairness and due process in the immigration system.  As the pandemic and other turmoil exacerbates an already backlogged immigration court system and unsafe detention centers, the ABA Commission on Immigration provides much-needed legal information and representation for adults and children in detention along the southwest border and in communities across the country. Your support makes justice possible by providing critical legal services to Afghan asylum-seekers, Haitian earthquake survivors, and children fleeing the violence of Central America.

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