FAQs FOR ATTORNEYS
Question: How do I get involved with Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio?
Answer: Complete the Volunteer Application and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can take a look at current Volunteer Opportunities and submit your information if you are interested in learning more about one of the projects.
Question: What type of matters would I get to work on?
Answer: We handle a wide range of transactional legal matters including: tax, corporate, real estate, contracts, intellectual property, and employment.
Question: What is the process I go through as a volunteer attorney?
Answer: Once you are on our mailing list, you will receive monthly e-mailed Volunteer Opportunities. If you are interested in one of the listed matters, reply to the e-mail. Please let us know if you need any additional information about the client to run a conflicts check. Then, PBPO will set up a 20-minute conference call between you, a PBPO staff attorney, and the nonprofit client. It is a chance for us to introduce you and the client and make sure everyone is on the same page in terms of scope of representation and timing. After that, let us know if you need assistance in any way and keep us updated with the progress of your matter. When the matter is complete, please contact us. We will then send a closing letter to the client.
Question: What is the scope of my representation?
Answer: You are only expected to handle the specific matter for which you initially volunteered. If the nonprofit needs assistance with additional legal matters, ask the client to contact us directly.
Question: What is the level of commitment expected of me?
Answer: You may volunteer for matters as often or as little as you like. All that we ask is that you complete any matter for which you volunteer. On average, typical project take around 6 hours. If you are unable to complete a matter for any reason, please contact us as soon as possible, and we will find another volunteer.
Question: Will my work be covered by malpractice insurance?
Answer: Yes. All of our volunteer attorneys are covered through our malpractice insurance policy.
Question: Can paralegals volunteer?
Answer: Paralegals are welcome to volunteer for PBPO projects, but they should first find an attorney from their firm or legal department to actively supervise the project.
Question: Will I receive Ohio CLE credit for the work I do for PBPO?
Answer: Yes. We have been recognized by the Ohio Supreme Court as an organization providing pro bono programs as set forth in Gov. Bar R. X, Sec. 5(H)(5). Attorneys who volunteer with us may receive one hour of CLE credit for every six hours spent on a legal matter.