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In first month nearly 1,800 attorneys report pro bono hours

In the first month of voluntary reporting of pro bono work and financial contributions to organizations providing civil legal services to persons of limited means, nearly 1,800 Ohio attorneys took advantage of the Ohio Supreme Court’s invitation to report.
 
The Supreme Court of Ohio and the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation collaborate on voluntary pro bono reporting, which is now in its sixth year. At the beginning of January, attorneys with an active Ohio registration received an email from the Supreme Court which included a link to the reporting website. The reporting website is separate from both the Supreme Court and the Foundation’s websites to comply with the court’s directive that pro bono reporting be both voluntary and anonymous.
 
The reporting website collects information about pro bono legal services performed in Ohio in 2013. The site has about eight questions. Attorneys are encouraged to compile records of 2013 pro bono service and financial contributions before visiting the site. If information is compiled in advance, the reporting process should take 10 minutes or less. 
 
The information reported will be used by the court and Ohio’s legal aids to improve delivery of civil legal services to people and families who cannot afford an attorney, and to identify gaps in services.
 
The reporting website will remain open until March 31.
 
Attorneys who cannot locate the email with the link to the reporting website, and wish to voluntarily report their pro bono legal services and/or financial contributions to organizations providing civil legal services to persons of limited means, may request another copy of the link by email to justiceinaction@olaf.org.

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