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 firstname.lastname@example.org