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Oct. 26, 2009
Pro Bono Week to Raise Awareness About and Deliver Free Legal Help

A week of events intended to highlight the importance of free legal assistance kicks off today in Ohio and nationally.

Developed by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, the National Pro Bono Celebration will showcase the great difference that pro bono lawyers make to the nation’s system of justice, individual communities and their clients.

Supreme Court of Ohio Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer serves as one of Ohio’s honorary co-chairs, along with U.S. District Court Judge Walter H. Rice of the Southern District of Ohio.

Across Ohio, legal aid societies, bar associations and law schools will participate in almost 50 activities, most of which will feature lawyers volunteering their time to offer free advice on a variety of subjects to those who are unable to pay for a lawyer. It is expected that more than 400 low-income Ohioans will see a lawyer at a free legal clinic during the week.

At one of the events that will recognize and thank pro bono volunteers for their service, Chief Justice Moyer will serve as featured speaker at the Columbus Bar Foundation/Columbus Bar Association Pro Bono Awards of Excellence Luncheon on Friday.

In Toledo, enlarged pro bono proclamations will be displayed on easels at courthouses. In northeast Ohio, attorneys and litigants will notice table top signs asking “Have you done your pro bono today?” on trial tables in courtrooms.

Other events promise free continuing education courses to any lawyer who agrees to accept a pro bono case or free training sessions for pro bono lawyers handling pro bono cases in specific subject areas such as foreclosure or tax.

View general information on the pro bono celebration.

View a complete list of Ohio events.

Contact: Chris Davey or Bret Crow at 614.387.9250.