WHEREAS, in December 2001, Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Allan Gordon empanelled a Pro Bono Task Force to comprehensively evaluate the need for, and the delivery of, pro bono legal services to the needy, disadvantaged and disenfranchised in Philadelphia;
WHEREAS, the Pro Bono Task Force, after extensive research and investigation, submitted a Report, including Findings and Recommendations ("the Report") to the Board of Governors on June 27, 2002;
WHEREAS, the Board of Governors, after discussion and upon oral motion made and duly seconded, accepted the Report for comment and study;
WHEREAS, the Pro Bono Task Force recommended that the judiciary play a greater role in supporting and promoting pro bono participation;
WHEREAS, the Board of Governors recognizes the role the judiciary can play in the support and promotion of pro bono participation;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVEDthat the Philadelphia Bar Association approves, accepts and supports these recommendations (see Report Recommendations I1 through I3) and requests the Chancellor or his designee to initiate communication with the Supreme Court to request that they form a standing committee on pro bono which will consider and address the continuing need for the pro bono delivery of legal services in Pennsylvania.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Philadelphia Bar Association requests each committee of the Bar related to specific courts address the manner in which these recommendations can be implemented, including meeting with the appropriate members of the judiciary.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Bar Association will develop a brochure for distribution in the judiciary consistent with these recommendations.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Bar Association leadership will address these issues with members of city government for the purpose of effectuating access to justice.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Bar Association leadership shall request the opportunity to make a report at the annual state judicial meeting.PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION