ED Update: Celebrating Pro Bono

1,201.

That is the number of Community Legal Aid cases taken on by pro bono attorneys last year alone.

$2.2 million.

The total dollars saved or earned for clients in 2016.

202.

The number of attorneys who gave their time pro bono to help our clients last year.

This month, the entire legal community will celebrate pro bono work. And at Legal Aid, we’re no exception. Because we know the profound difference you make in the lives of our clients, and we know these individuals and families would otherwise not have access to the legal services they needed without you.

What is pro bono service?

Our Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLSP) supports the generous time donated by local attorneys. Volunteer attorneys help support our mission by providing pro bono legal advice, services, and direct representation for divorce, bankruptcy, estate planning, custody, and many other civil legal issues our clients face every day.

Why volunteer?

Pro bono attorneys are highly valued and respected at Legal Aid. In addition to the satisfaction of helping someone in need, our volunteer attorneys are able to take advantage of a variety of benefits, including:

  • Malpractice coverage for your pro bono cases
  • Free CLE credit for your pro bono service
  • Access to standard forms and pleadings
  • Staff support for administrative duties
  • Mentorship opportunities
  • Professional development and networking, including our CLEs

How to get involved:

VLSP offers private attorneys the chance to do direct pro bono work, assist on our Pro Bono HelpLine, or participate in Counsel and Advice Clinics. In addition, we offer cases, clinics, and special projects in all four of our priority areas:

  • Stabilizing families in transition
  • Promoting economic security
  • Helping secure safe housing
  • Ensure equal access to justice

Want to learn more?

Visit us online at www.communitylegalaid.org/vlsp or email us at vlsp@communitylegalaid.org

Steven McGarrity, Esq.

Executive Director, Community Legal Aid

 

Join us for a special recognition event for our pro bono attorneys!

Join us for a fun event recognizing our amazing pro bono volunteers! Come enjoy some pancakes, served to you by a special celebrity chef – a local judge!

You’ll also get to see our office, meet our staff, and learn more about our Volunteer Legal Services Program.

We’ll also be doing a live call-in event for our VLSP HelpLine! We will have some spots available for those interested in taking a call or two that morning.

Not a current pro bono volunteer? Not a problem! This is a fun event to meet other volunteers and see if the program is right for you.

 

There are three dates/times to attend this event. Click here to see details.

Posted: September 11, 2017