The demand for Legal Aid’s services continues to grow as does the need for quality pro bono legal assistance. In 2013, Legal Aid’s staff attorneys and volunteer attorneys helped more than 22,000 people. Each year, Legal Aid turns away 10,000 others because of lack of resources to help everyone. Volunteer attorneys bridge the gap between those who need assistance and those who receive it directly from Legal Aid.
Annually, Legal Aid’s Volunteer Lawyers Program publishes a report of all attorneys who volunteer. Click here to see the 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, or 2009 booklets – is your name listed? If not, get involved!
NEW for 2014 - you can get CLE (continuing legal education) credit for doing pro bono work! Click here to learn more about this exciting option.
Volunteer opportunities range from a two-hour commitment at a Brief Advice and Referral Clinic to presenting at a community education event to providing extended representation.
I am a volunteer
How do I report my progress?
Volunteers who are handling extended representation cases are encouraged to report on the status of the case every six months. Volunteers should complete and submit the Case Status Report Form.
I have completed representation of a client referred by Legal Aid. What do I need to do to close the case?
Complete and submit the Case Status Report Form.
Don’t forget your service is also eligible for some CLE credit – click here to learn more about reporting that to the Ohio Supreme Court.
I have some substantive questions about a case I am handling. Is there anyone at Legal Aid I can contact to discuss the case?
For immediate assistance, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Lauren Gilbride at 216-861-5259.
I am ready for a new case. How can I get a new referral?
E-mail email@example.com or contact Erica Steward at (216) 861-5889.
I want to volunteer
How do I get started?
Review the various volunteer opportunities listed on this website. Complete and submit the Volunteer Registration Form by clicking this link. A staff member from Legal Aid will follow-up with you soon!
As a volunteer, am I covered by Legal Aid’s malpractice insurance?
What kind of support, including mentoring and resource materials, are available to volunteers?
Legal Aid provides training opportunities including complimentary continuing legal education sessions. Additionally, most projects have in-house Legal Aid attorneys who are available for consultations.