Celebrate Pro Bono

The Volunteer Legal Services Program celebrates the Pro Bono involvement of local attorneys throughout the month of October. In 2014, Ohio attorneys donated over 81,000 hours serving the legal needs of low-income members of our community (approximately $11,000,000 worth of services).  We think that's worth celebrating!

CLE Opportunities


A Media Case Study: The Evolving Public Perception of Lawyers and the Legal Profession (link)

Earn professionalism credit as you consider the role of media in forming the public's perception of the legal profession. Discuss the role of professionalism and pro bono service in securing the public trust. This opportunity will be offered in Summit County on Oct 9th, in Stark County on Oct. 23rd, and in Mahoning County on Oct. 26th.  Registration available online.


Jerome L. Holub Pro Bono Bankruptcy Program

Bankruptcy trustees and VLSP staff will overview the basics of bankruptcy and this pro bono project.  Hosted by the Akron Bar Association, Thursday, Oct. 22nd. For additional details and to register, visit the Akron Bar Association.


Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognizing, Reporting and Responding for Mandated Professionals

Become familiar with the reporting requirements when abuse or neglect is suspected. This CLE will will be held at the Summit County Juvenile Court on Oct. 27th and is a free for volunteers and case workers. Register online.


Service Activities


Call for Change Campaign

We are inviting area attorneys to join us on October 30th for our "Day of Service" pro bono helpline event. Provide legal counsel over the phone to prescreened and income eligible clients. Choose to participate either from your own location or come to one of our offices (Akron, Canton, Youngstown, or Warren).


Consumer Debt Clinic (Credit Card Clinics)

Help educate defendants being sued for credit card debt. Provide additional assistance in the completion of pro se documents as necessary. To learn more about how you can participate in the program contact Carla Boyle, cboyle@communitylegalaid.org or by phone at 330-983-2634.

Clinic Dates:

Saturday October 3rd- Akron Muni Court 9th floor 9am

Tuesday October 13th - Community Legal Aid Canton office 5.30pm

Thursday October 15th- Portage- Coleman Professional Services -Sue Hetrick Building 6pm.

Friday October 16th- Akron Muni Court 9th floor 2.30pm

Monday October 19th- Barberton Library 5.30pm

Wednesday October 21st- Court Cultural Center Cuyahoga Falls 4.00pm


Other Clinics

The VLSP regularly holds clinics on a variety of topics including: Estate Planning (wills, powers of attorney, and more); Pro Se Divorce (simple, uncontested divorces without children); Pro Se Custody (agreed custody transfers); and our Peace of Mind (bankrupcy by-pass) Clinic. If you would like to participate in a clinic event, please be sure to contact a member of the VLSP team.


Special Events


Pay it Forward - Celebrate Pro Bono Raffle

This one is all about the "treats." Be on the lookout as area attorneys share goody bags filled with candy. Our simple way of saying "thank you" to the legal profession and generate awareness of pro bono opportunites in our area. Attorneys are invited to enter our "Celebrate Pro Bono Raffle."  Prize winners will be drawn November 2nd.


63rd Anniversary Justice for All Gala

Join us October 15th at Tangier Restaurant and Cabaret from 5:30-7:30pm.