“Pro bono service should be embedded in the practice of law. Without it, many of our most vulnerable citizens are deprived of rights that would have been vindicated with a lawyer’s assistance. I encourage all lawyers to donate their time to help those in need.”

 –Wallace B. Jefferson, Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas

“I am responsible to assure that all persons have access to competent representation regardless of wealth or position in life. I commit myself to an adequate and effective pro bono program.”

–Texas Lawyer’s Creed


Answering the Call for Legal Aid in Dallas

The Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL) encourages all licensed attorneys practicing in Dallas County to meet the State Bar of Texas aspirational goal that each Texas attorney render at least 50 hours of legal services to the poor each year. The DAYL Pro Bono Partners program connects you with great organizations around DFW that provide all kinds of litigation and transactional opportunities.

DAYL also encourages paralegals in Dallas County to volunteer their time to assist with established pro bono programs and work closely with attorneys to provide legal services to the poor. If you are a paralegal interested in assisting with pro bono services, please contact the Dallas Area Paralegal Association.

Pro Bono Partners (PBP) challenges you to report your pro bono hours each calendar year, January 1st to December 31st, to help PBP meet the collective goal of 2,500 hours for the year. You do not have to sign up for a case through a PBP organization to report your hours. The deadline to submit your pro bono hours for the prior year is June 30th. DAYL members can report by their hours, regardless of where they were performed, by completing this form.

DAYL members who report their pro bono hours will be recognized at the following levels:

  • Pro Bono Participant (12 hours)
  • Pro Bono Partner (30 hours)
  • Pro Bono Pillar (50+ hours)

Unsure of what kind of case you can take on? We’ll help you connect with great organizations around DFW that provide all kinds of opportunities – both litigation and transactional.  PBP’s partner organizations include:

Join DAYL to improve and aid our community!


Email one of the co-chairs listed below for information about the next committee meeting or to learn how to get involved. DAYL members can sign up for the committee email distribution list by completing this form.

Committee Contacts

Co-chairs: Megan McKennon | Alex Farr | John VanBuskirk | Courtney Lewis | Jeremy Wallace
Board Liaison: Kathleen Klein
Staff Contact: Cherie Harris

DAYL Young Lawyer Pro Bono Service Award

 The Young Lawyer Pro Bono Service Award was created in 2011 to recognize the public service or legal aid performed by an individual young lawyer who in the previous year has provided outstanding contributions and access to justice to those in need of legal services. The Award is presented annually at the DAYL Wine Tasting benefiting the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program.

For more information about the award and a list of past winners, please click here.