Legal Aid Society Of Cleveland's Volunteer Lawyers Program

Founded in 1905, Legal Aid is the fifth oldest legal aid organization in the United States. Legal Aid's 55 staff attorneys, 90 staff members, and 1,400 volunteer lawyers ensure access to justice for low income people.

The demand for Legal Aid's services continues to grow as does the need for quality pro bono legal assistance. In 2009, Legal Aid's staff attorneys and volunteer attorneys handled more than 11,000 cases for low-income clients. Still, more than half of those eligible for assistance could not be served. Volunteer attorneys bridge the gap between those who need assistance and those who receive it directly from Legal Aid.

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. Read more about the Specialty Volunteer Programs.

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain
  • Area of law: Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Disability, Elder Law, Family & Juvenile, Foreclosure, Health, Housing, Immigration & Naturalization, Taxes
  • Populations Served: Low Income
  • Opportunities For: Law Students, Lawyers, Mentors, Senior Lawyers
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: Yes
  • Training / Supervision Comments: 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
  • CLE credit for pro bono: Yes
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: Yes
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Client counseling (e.g., brief advice), Client intake and screening, Draft legal documents (e.g., briefs), Legal Research, Litigation: Support (e.g., discovery), Litigation: Trial/Direct Representation, Mentor volunteer lawyers or law students, Prepare legal education materials, Transactional work
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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