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Hawaii Pro Bono Legal Information, Resources and Assistance

The HSBA pro bono rule is modeled after the ABA model rule, which has been described as authorizing 4 tiers of pro bono, which can be generally summarized as:

  • providing direct legal services to the indigent without expectation of a fee
  • providing legal services to an entity that provides these services
  • ticipating in activities that enhance the legal profession
  • ting to entities and programs that provide these services

Hawaii Pro bono Summary: The state bar provides a Legal line where volunteer attorneys host a telephone hotline every Wednesday evening from the hours of 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. They are available to provide free legal information to the public. This one-hour weekly program assists members of the public who may not have access to an attorney and need general advice or who just want to be pointed in the right direction to get information. Call them Wednesday night at (808) 537-1868. Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii (VLHS) provides free or low-cost legal help to low-income residents and the non-profit organizations serving them in communities across our state with the help of volunteers who contribute pro bono services. Hawaii Immigrant Justice Center is a non-profit organization committed to providing immigration legal services and advocacy in the public interest for people living in Hawaii with particular emphasis on serving poor and low income immigrants and their families. The Domestic Violence Action Center and Legal Hotline is committed to ending domestic violence and other forms of abuse through leadership, prevention, legal service, individual and systemic advocacy and social change work. Legal Aid Society of Hawaii is dedicated to assisting the low-to-moderate income community. Their mission is to achieve fairness and justice for Hawaii's people through quality representation, advocacy, community partnerships, education and outreach. Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation strengthens and enhances the lives of Native Hawaiians and Native Hawaiian communities through the protection and recovery of ancestral and trust lands, natural resources, and the preservation of customs and practices vital to the perpetration of Hawaii's indigenous people.

Pro bono Awards:

Ki'e ki'e Award is awarded to an attorney for outstanding provision of professional legal services at no charge to the recipient

Hawaii Pro Bono Contacts:
Clara G. Javier, Pro-Bono Coordinator
Tel: 808-527-8005

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