Pro Bono Legal Services

Pro bono legal services include many types of legal services performed without or at a substantially reduced rate of compensation. Rule 6.1 of the Alaska Rules of Professional Conduct states that "[e]very lawyer has a professional responsibility to provide legal services to those unable to pay." Consistent with this rule, the attorney general urges attorneys to give back to the community by providing pro bono legal services. Although providing legal representation or advice to private individuals or entities is outside the scope of the duties of the Department of Law, the department strongly encourages pro bono legal work.

If you need pro bono legal services, visit the Alaska Bar Association's list of pro bono legal service providers.

Attorney General's Pro Bono Service Awards

Attorney General Burns (left) presents Allan Bailey with the Attorney General's Award for Pro Bono Service

Each year, the attorney general recognizes an outstanding individual for his or her exemplary dedication to pro bono legal services.

On October 3, 2011, Attorney General John J. Burns presented the second annual Attorney General's Award for Pro Bono Service to attorney Allen Bailey for his dedication to providing volunteer legal representation to victims of domestic violence. For more information, see the press release "Attorney Allen Bailey Honored with Attorney General's Pro Bono Service Award."