To honor those who volunteer their time pro bono to provide legal services to individuals and families in need, the King County Council proclaimed October 21-27 as “Pro Bono Week” in King County.
According to the Washington Supreme Court, seven in 10 low-income households in Washington face at least one significant civil legal problem each year. The average number of legal problems per household has more than tripled since 2003.
The proclamation noted that nearly “5,000 attorneys across the state have provided close to 346,000 hours of volunteer legal help to individuals and families,” in 2017 alone. King County has stepped up to support legal services in recent years due to the declining federal support and inactive state funding.
Through the county’s role, legal aid organizations have leveraged support through unique partnerships.
The proclamation noted that equal justice for all is a fundamental and essential right in a democratic society.