Division for Legal Services

The Division for Legal Services provides staff support for 10 ABA committees and commissions, which promote access to justice for all and improvements in the delivery of legal services.

ABA Pro Bono Committee Releases Empirical Study Report

Issued by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, this study is the committee's third empirical investigation of American volunteer legal service since 2004. The report quantifies the amount of pro bono work done by U.S. lawyers in 2011, describes characteristics of recent pro bono service that can be used to guide new pro bono initiatives and identifies factors that encourage or discourage pro bono service.

NCUA Insurance Coverage for IOLTA Accounts in Credit Unions

On December 11, 2014, the U.S. Senate passed a bill (known as the Credit Union Share Insurance Fund Parity Act) that provides the same level of insurance coverage for IOLTA accounts held at credit unions that the FDIC provides for IOLTA accounts held at banks. The bill previously had been passed by the House of Representatives on May 6, 2014. It was signed into law by the President on December 18, 2014.

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Recent IOLTA Rule Changes

On April 14, 2015, the Supreme Court of Georgia entered an order adopting IOLTA interest rate comparability, effective January 1, 2016. Georgia will be the 35th U.S. jurisdiction to implement interest rate comparability, which requires that all lawyers hold IOLTA accounts only in financial institutions that pay those accounts the highest interest rate or dividend generally available to other customers of the institution when IOLTA accounts meet the same minimum balance or other qualifications.

Indigent Defense

What are the ethical implications of excessive defender case loads?


Dialogue, the magazine of the ABA Division for Legal Services, brings you news and topical information about the delivery of legal services to low and moderate income people.

Celebrating Pro Bono Across America

When a local attorney signed up for her local legal clinic's National Celebration of Pro Bono event at the homeless shelter, she was just planning to get in a few pro bono hours at the end of the year. After helping three homeless youth fill out forms to obtain ID and access educational services, she was hooked and now provides pro bono services on a regular basis.


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About Us

The ABA Division for Legal Services is home to 10 committees and commissions. Each is devoted to examining, providing information and developing policy about issues important to the legal profession and the operation of the American justice system. The work done by these committees and commissions falls into three areas of concentration: Access to justice by poor people, Access to justice by moderate-income people, Issues affecting the legal profession.