Each year, thousands of Ohio attorneys volunteer to provide legal information, advice, or full representation to Ohioans who cannot afford an attorney but who face life-changing civil legal challenges. In October, the Foundation and Ohio’s legal aids join the American Bar Association to honor pro bono attorneys who selflessly give their time and talent during the National Celebration of Pro Bono.
Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor recorded a video message to mark the occasion and to encourage volunteerism during the pandemic.
“Volunteer attorneys have been helping for years in a variety of civil cases,” said Chief Justice O’Connor. “Now, we need your noble commitment to be carried forward. There are people in our community who need our help now more than as the COVID-19 crisis continues.”
Pro bono attorneys make a difference in the lives of low-income Ohioans. The Foundation’s recent interactive pro bono report finds that Ohio attorneys reported 105,547 hours of pro bono service in 2019, valued at more than $26,000,000. These contributions help low-income Ohioans and their families live safe, stable, and financially secure lives.
“Pro bono legal services are vital to our communities, and as the pandemic demonstrates, the need for pro bono service only increases during a crisis,” said Angie Lloyd, executive director of the Foundation. “We are proud of and grateful for all of the Ohio attorneys who serve.”
Attorneys interested in volunteering should visit the Foundation’s Pro Bono Opportunities Guide for information on virtual pro bono clinics, full representation options, and trainings.