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Hugh McKay, Esq.

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP announces a $50,000 grant to The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland over the next five years. With Porter Wright’s support, Legal Aid will bolster legal education and support volunteer attorneys and ultimately, protect the safety, economic security and safety of more low-income clients.

“Our legal system and ultimately our society depend on access to justice for all – regardless of a person’s lot in life,” says Hugh E. McKay, Partner-in-Charge of Porter Wright in Cleveland. “There’s a moral imperative for lawyers to step up and do whatever they reasonably can do to make sure the scales of justice are balanced. In Cleveland, this means supporting Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. Legal Aid has demonstrated remarkable dedication, efficiency, creativity and effectiveness in making the most of limited resources to fight the good fight for access to justice. Porter Wright is proud to do our part to advance Legal Aid’s mission, upon which we depend.”

The generous grant will help Legal Aid:

  1. Engages retired attorneys as volunteers; linking them with law students and recent graduates.  By creating a multi-generational network linking retired attorneys with law students and novice attorneys, experienced attorneys can pass on their skills while new graduates can get valuable experience and mentoring. Funding will support staff at Legal Aid to recruit and support the attorney pairs.
  2. Create accessible electronic resources for pro bono attorneys.  Legal Aid’s Volunteer Lawyers Program can now revise, update and reinvent their current collection of legal resources with new materials available electronically.  The goal is to develop a web application that would maximize support through a virtual resource center for pro bono attorneys.
  3. Attract even more volunteers by offering CLE credit for pro bono work.  Porter Wright’s gift helps Legal Aid focus staff time on outreach related to the recent Ohio Supreme Court rule change, which allows volunteer attorneys to earn Continuing Legal Education credit for pro bono work.  With Porter Wright’s support, Legal Aid will make it easy for volunteers to report their time to earn credit.

 

“This gift from Porter Wright is a vote of confidence in Legal Aid and in the value of our pro bono partners.  Volunteers have a huge impact on our clients’ lives. They need and deserve Legal Aid’s support.  Porter Wright will make it possible for even more volunteers to serve clients,” says Legal Aid Executive Director Colleen Cotter.  “Legal Aid will leverage this gift with thousands of volunteer hours, impacting thousands of clients.”

Want to join Porter Wright and financially support our Volunteer Lawyers Program?  Make a gift to the 2014 Campaign: www.lasclev.org/donate or call 216-861-5590.  Or, sign up to volunteer at www.lasclev.org/volunteer!

 

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