Pro Bono Program

Since its inception in 1993, the Ninth Circuit's Pro Bono Program has grown from 12 cases per year to approximately 160. The program's tremendous success is due to the hard work of the many attorneys and law schools that have volunteered their time and expertise.

If you are an attorney and interested in volunteering, please review the information provided in the Pro Bono Handbook, then submit the attorney sign-up form to one of the district coordinators.

If you are a pro se litigant and would like to have an attorney appointed to represent you, you must first have a pending appeal filed in this court. You can then file a motion for appointment of counsel with the Clerk of the Court. (Please note that this court's pro bono program does not extend to the state court system.)


For questions about the pro bono program, please contact Susan Gelmis at: ProBono@ca9.uscourts.gov

(415) 355-8020