Dauphin County Bar Association Nonprofit Initiative

The Dauphin County Bar Association Nonprofit Initiative will refer eligible nonprofit and community-based organizations to pro bono counsel. The Nonprofit Initiative is part of the Pro Bono Program of the Dauphin County Bar Association.

The Nonprofit Initiative is designed to provide assistance to Dauphin County nonprofit organizations that meet the following criteria:

  • Have a charitable or community purpose,
  • Have a three-year track record of operations, and
  • Need free legal assistance to avoid impairing their programs and/or help further their mission and programming.

Volunteer attorneys will provide pro bono legal representation on a variety of legal issues including, but not limited to

  • Negotiating lease agreements;
  • Contract matters (employment, construction, etc.);
  • Assisting with personnel and labor relations issues;
  • Providing tax advice;
  • Assisting a tenant organization in development of affordable housing through handling zoning, tax, real estate & financing issues;
  • Advising on corporate governance matters, charitable registration and other regulatory compliance issues;
  • Reviewing loan documents;
  • Preparing limited partnership agreements; and
  • Undertaking legal research and writing projects.

The Nonprofit Initiative can not assist any organizations with requests for representation related to any partisan political activity or any activity that might put the Dauphin County Bar Association's tax-exempt status at risk.

For more information or to volunteer for this program please contact:

Sandy Ballard, Esquire
Public Services Coordinator
Dauphin County Bar Association
213 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
(717) 232-7536
Fax: (717) 234-4582

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Dauphin
  • Area of law: Community Development, Nonprofit Organizations
  • Populations Served: Nonprofits
  • Opportunities For: Lawyers, Senior Lawyers
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: No
  • Training Provided: No
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: No
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: No
  • 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), Legislative or policy advocacy, Transactional work
  • Other Project Types: General legal advice and representation of non-profit organizations
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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