Philadelphia (CBS) – Monday begins national pro bono week and Philadelphia lawyers are planning a series of events to provide free legal service to those who can’t afford it, especially to the homeless and seniors.

National Pro Bono Week is October 18th through the 29th, and during that time, the Philadelphia Bar Association is sponsoring a number of city-wide programs designed to help lawyers better serve those who need legal advice and can’t afford it.

Sara Woods, the local co-chair of Pro Bono Week, says there are special clinics planned for seniors and the homeless.

“The number of clients who fall underneath the Federal Poverty Level guidelines has been growing exponentially and high unemployment, as you might imagine, increases the number of clients who are requesting legal assistance and particularly those who are most vulnerable, our homeless and our seniors.”

For more information, go to the Philadelphia Bar Association web site at

Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio

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