FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What does it mean to be a “pro bono” legal service organization?
A: “Pro bono” translates from Latin as “for the public good.” In most uses it is a term to describe providing legal services to a client with low income for no charge. “Low bono” is paying for legal services based upon your ability to pay.
Q: Why aren’t there more pro bono non profits?
A: Funding for Legal Services for those who lack access to the legal system has almost disappeared over the past 30 years. Cuts in government spending and a drop in interest rates has almost eliminated important services.
Q: Are there any past well known cases that have been represented by pro bono agencies or attorneys?
A: Yes! Some of the most important cases in US Judicial history have been represented by Pro bono lawyers. Such as:
Brown v. Board of Education began the Civil Rights Movement
Miranda v. Arizona guaranteed criminals with certain legal rights
Gideon v. Wainwright guaranteed all criminal defendants a right to a lawyer
Q: Where can I contact you?
A: You can contact us in a number of ways. If you are in need of legal services please click the button below labeled “Need an Attorney?” Our office address, phone number, and email are posted on the CONTACT US page.
Q: I am an attorney and I want to volunteer my services, how do I it?
A: Thank You for striving to benefit those in need. If you are willing to volunteer please email VolunteerLawyer@CenterforAccesstoJustice.org , or click the button below labeled “Volunteer Attorney.” In the email please specify what type of cases you would consider accepting.
Q: I work and do not have transportation, how can I still benefit from CAJ?
A: We have a mobile office, so we will meet you! Soon we will be initiating projects to get legal counsel into communities with our van office space. More details on where and when those locations will be to follow.