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The Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society was created as a way to celebrate Wisconsin lawyers who help to provide equal access to justice under law by performing at least 50 hours of qualifying pro bono legal services during the past calendar year.


  • Nominee must be in good standing with the State Bar of Wisconsin; and
  • Nominee must have performed at least 50 hours of qualifying pro bono legal services during the preceding calendar year.

Certification Guidelines:

  • A completed certification form for the 2023 calendar year.
  • A certification form may be completed by the individual attorney, by another attorney, or by a law firm, judge, or agency who have knowledge about an attorney's pro bono work. 

Deadline for Certification is March 1, 2024
Please submit your certification form to: 

Pro Bono Program
C/o Sarah Watson
State Bar of Wisconsin
P.O. Box 7158
Madison, WI 53707-7158


Frequently Asked Questions: 

1. What is a Qualifying Pro Bono Legal Service? Qualifying pro bono legal services means the direct provision of legal services without fee or with a substantially reduced fee to: persons of limited means; organizatons in amtters that are designed primarily to address the needs of persons of limited means; or charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental, and educational organizations to secure or protect civil rights, civil liberties, or public rights so long as a substantial majority of such services benefit persons of limited means or organizations that serve persons of limited means. 

2. What does include in the honor society mean? Honorees are published in an annual list on the Wisbar website and in the Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine