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Group Meeting VLSP has many opportunities for Law Firms looking to serve their community. Traditional and non-traditional pro bono opportunities are available for firms that are interested in developing significant partnerships with community-based organizations or businesses or making an ongoing commitment to volunteering on cases in a specific area of the law.  Projects are usually developed with geographic location or area of law in mind and are tailored to suit a firm's needs and interests. Legal Aid offers CLE opportunities for firm employees to learn more about areas of the law needed to start a program.  

We also welcome firms or individual attorneys to take the lead in our fundraising initiatives and to share the Legal Aid mission and message with other members of the legal community.  To learn about how you can get involved, contact the Director of Development by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone at (330) 983-2551.

How to Get Involved

If your firm is interested in becoming involved in an existing project or you would like to discuss developing a new project , please call Jennifer van Dulmen, VLSP Managing Attorney, at (330) 983-2531.

Spotlight Firm

Law Firm: Hahn, Loeser & Parks
The Law Firm of Hahn, Loeser & Parks has made an ongoing commitment to put pro bono into high gear. Employees of the firm are involved in two great programs in Summit County: Wills for Heroes and the Buchtel Neighborhood Counsel and Advice Clinic.

The Wills for Heroes program is collaboration between Legal Aid and the Akron Bar Association. Volunteer attorneys participate in ‘Heroes Days’ to write wills for police officers, fire fighters, and EMS workers. The firm also made a decision to make a long term commitment to pro bono and Legal Aid by “adopting” the Buchtel neighborhood of Akron and establishing a monthly legal clinic. The attorneys in the firm received training from Legal Aid and now run a monthly clinic in the community.

Volunteer Programs and Opportunities

Adopt a Neighborhood:  Law firms partner with VLSP and other community partners to run a monthly or bi-monthly legal clinic to provide counsel and advice to the residents of the neighborhood or shelter.  These clinics can focus on a particular area of law, such as domestic violence or family law for clinics located in a women's shelter, or cover many areas of law affecting low-income clients. 

Foreclosure Sign Foreclosure Projects: Ever since the foreclosure crisis hit in 2008, Legal Aid has been inundated with homeowners' requests for help. For many of the our clients, not understanding their rights or lacking adequate legal representation in this process can lead to devastating consequences. Unfortunately, Legal Aid receives many more requests for assistance than our staff can handle.  Legal Aid is actively seeking law firms from all across our service area that could assist with foreclosure cases.  Firms could choose to focus on cases fitting in specific geographic areas, case types, or client criteria. 

Family Law Projects:  Legal Aid receives a significant number of requests for assistance with family law matters of all types.  Law firms with interest or experience in this area are encouraged to contact Legal Aid to discuss particular projects that we may develop in partnership. 

Bankruptcy Projects:  The Jerome L. Holub Bankruptcy Project is our newest program, launched in conjunction with the Akron Bar Association.  The Project seeks to provide low income residents of Summit County with a fresh start through a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.  Volunteer law students interview potential clients, prepare client files, and assist with document collection;  by the time a case is referred to a volunteer attorney, much of the leg work has been done and the case is almost ready to file.  Law Students are available for additional support throughout the case. 

Handshake Neighborhood Development Centers: Law firms partner with VLSP to re-develop poverty-stricken neighborhoods by building coalitions with neighborhood groups and local lenders to develop small non-profit businesses that create jobs and stability for families and communities.  Firms assist new businesses and non-profit organizations with incorporation, tax issues, real estate and leasing issues, employment law, employee benefits, contact review, bylaw review, and training on other business related issues. 

Medical-Legal Partnerships:  Law firms partner with VLSP to build coalitions with local hospitals to develop a clinic and/or referral network for families facing significant medical problems. 

Probate Projects:  Legal Aid receives a significant number of requests for assistance with estate planning and  other probate issues.  Usually these are fairly straightforward matters, such as a survivorship deed or a child sorting out a parent's estate.  VLSP is interested in launching a Probate Project in collaboration with a firm partner. 

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