Before submitting a grant application, please take a few minutes to look through our compilation of Pro Bono Resources. Select past grant recipients have made their electronic materials available to organizations providing pro bono legal services. The following information may aid you in your mission to provide much needed bankruptcy assistance to low income debtors. Note: The American College of Bankruptcy does not review the below materials for outdated information and you should discuss this issue with the originating organization. 

Videos

  • Click here for a two-day video series of lectures, provided by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services, targeted at educating Arizona attorneys on bankruptcy practice. The videos cover Professionalism, Client Relations, Bankruptcy Schedules & Exemptions Selection, Means Test & Dealing with the US Trustee’s Office, and Chapters 7, 11, and 13.
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services offers bankruptcy specific step-by-step videos for volunteer training, written materials and guides, and sample forms and templates on their bankruptcy resource page.
  • Click here to view two videos on student loans in bankruptcy courtesy of City Bar Justice Center.
  • Click here to view Greater Dayton VLP's volunteer training video on Debt Collection Defense.
  • Click here to view LAF Chicago’s Bankruptcy Help Desk training videos.  This video series is designed to introduce an attorney to some basic principles of bankruptcy law, as well as some best practices for assisting clients.
  • The Legal Aid Society has produced a bankruptcy basics video, giving a brief overview of the basics and forms of bankruptcies.
  • The United States Bankruptcy Court Middle District of Florida Bankruptcy Basics video includes the following information: What is bankruptcy, Alternatives to bankruptcy, Types of bankruptcy, What Bankruptcy does NOT wipe out, Examples of property you may exempt, How do I file a bankruptcy case, Meeting of creditors, Bankruptcy crimes, Court hearings, Discharge, Do I need a lawyer, How do I find a lawyer and Online resources for consumer debtors.

Pamphlets & Guides

  • Click here and search the many listings under City Bar Justice Center's Resources for information ranging from personal bankruptcy to understanding reaffirmation agreements to fresh starts after a natural disaster.
  • Click here to view the Consumer Bankruptcy Resource Manual, which contains an overview of consumer bankruptcy law and bankruptcy procedures and outlines the differences between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13, as well as other information.  The manual, courtesy of Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project's Fresh Start Clinic, contains general and state-specific information.
  • The Law Project/Chicago Lawyer's Committee produced the Guide for Non-Profit Organizations: Bankruptcy Issues which can be accessed by clicking here.
  • Montana Legal Services Association produced a two-page PDF pamphlet giving a brief overview on the forms of bankruptcy.  The pamphlet advises on the effects and considerations surrounding bankruptcy proceedings.
  • The National Consumer Law Center’s consumer education brochures are arranged by topic.  They contain bankruptcy-specific information, including a basic bankruptcy brochure, how to use credit wisely after bankruptcy, and information about a consumer’s legal rights before and after bankruptcy.
  • New York Legal Assistance Group produced and distributed two newsletters to all financial counselors at the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs’ Financial Empowerment Centers, to arm them with information and facts so they could best serve their clients. They have also produced Consumer Bankruptcy: Myths and Facts.  More information can be found on their Consumer Protection Project page.
  • Northwest Consumer Law Center produced a pamphlet titled How to Protect Your Finances While Dealing With A Long Term Illness.
  • The Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland’s Bankruptcy Help in Maryland, lists consumer bankruptcy information and links to helpful guides and videos.
  • The United States Bankruptcy Court Middle District of Florida's Bankruptcy Basics (guide) is designed to provide basic information to debtors, creditors, the media, and the general public on different aspects of the federal bankruptcy laws. It also provides individuals who maybe considering bankruptcy with a basic explanation of the different chapters under which a bankruptcy case may be filed and to answer some common questions about the bankruptcy process.

Presentations

  • The Boston Bar Association developed the following presentation on financial literacy, targeted to high schoolers. Click here to view the PowerPoint.
  • Credit Abuse Resistance Education volunteers use educational materials developed by experts in personal finance. The materials comply with the National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education adopted by the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. The presentations are approximately 45 minutes in length and include Extension Activities for students and teachers.
  • The Pro Bono Bankruptcy Training Program Materials on the National Consumer Law Center's website are intended to help pro bono programs, legal services programs, local bar associations, and other organizations provide high-quality trainings for volunteer attorneys on representing consumers in bankruptcy cases. The materials are provided free of charge, subject to acceptance of the terms of use.  There is a Training Manual for each of four modules. The Manuals can be provided to volunteer attorney training participants as the printed or electronic course material that accompany the training event. They should be suitable for obtaining continuing legal education (CLE) credit course approval in most states. There is a PowerPoint Presentation for each module, which include presentation notes provided for trainers. The four modules are: Module 1 - Bankruptcy Overview; Module 2 - Pre-Filing Considerations; Module 3 – Preparing The Bankruptcy Schedules; Module 4 – Getting To Discharge: Steps After The Case Is Filed.

Online Resources

  • The DC Bar Pro Bono Center links to LawHelp.org/DC, which provides free information on nearly all areas of the law.  Click here to view a wide variety of bankruptcy resources, including information produced by the U.S. Trustee Program, DC Department of Employment Services, the Federal Trade Commission, and the DC Bar Pro Bono Center.
  • Legal Aid Services of Oregon links to OregonLawHelp.org, which provides free information on nearly all areas of the law.  Click here to view a wide variety of bankruptcy resources, including videos produced by the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts as well as PDF documents produced by the Oregon State Bar, the National Consumer Law Center, and Legal Aid Services of Oregon.  They have also made their Debtor Creditor Pro Bono Clinic outline available for review.
  • Legal Assistance of Western New York provides introductory information and a general overview of bankruptcy on its bankruptcy webpage.  The article provides information on what debts will and will not be discharged in bankruptcy, what the various forms of bankruptcy are, and what properties may be exempted from bankruptcy, among other topics.
  • Legal Services Corporation of Delaware, Inc. provides a bankruptcy library for the consumer. Pamphlets, articles, and websites can be accessed through this link and focus on topics ranging from bankruptcy basics to credit reports and foreclosure prevention. The information is both general and state-specific (Delaware and Maryland).
  • Neighborhood Legal Services Association’s Legal Resources tab contains consumer information specific to the bankruptcy field as well as a link to PALawHelp.org, which has resources about bankruptcy issues in Pennsylvania.  The Resources tab also contains Self-Help (Pro Se) materials.
  • South Carolina Legal Services' website links to LawHelp.org/SC, which provides free information on nearly all areas od the law. Click here to view a wide variety of bankruptcy resources, including videos produced by the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts as well as PDF documents produced by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts and the South Carolina Bar Association.
  • The Pro Bono Project links to LouisianaLawHelp.org, which provides free information on nearly all areas of the law. Click here to view a wide variety of bankruptcy resources, including videos produced by the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts as well as PDF documents produced by the State of Louisiana, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the LA State Bar Association, and the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network's website links to LawHelpMN.org, which provides free information on nearly all areas of the law. Click here to view a wide variety of bankruptcy resources provided by the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, the Federal Trade Commission, Legal Services State Support, and the Farmers’ Legal Action Group.

Page last updated October 20, 2017