December 17, 2010
Pro Bono Efforts by Attorneys Sought to Identify Gaps in Delivery of Legal Services
For the third consecutive year, the Supreme Court of Ohio will ask attorneys to voluntarily and anonymously report their pro bono activities to gather meaningful information about the extent and nature of pro bono work in Ohio.
Attorneys are encouraged to begin collecting records of any pro bono work undertaken in 2010, including financial contributions to a legal services organization, for reporting early in 2011.
New to this year’s reporting process is the ability for a firm representative to report aggregate pro bono service on behalf of attorneys in that firm, as well as the total amount of contributions made to civil legal services programs.
In early 2011, an email will be sent to all Ohio attorneys registered as “active” who have provided email addresses to the Court’s Office of Attorney Services. Attorneys will be asked to report their pro bono activity during the preceding calendar year by visiting a reporting Web site to answer eight questions that should take about five minutes to complete. The information will be used to identify gaps in the delivery of legal services in order to strengthen the network of services available to Ohioans in need.
All information voluntarily submitted will be collected without identifiers, so the results will remain anonymous.