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Oct. 22, 2010
Week of Events Highlights Need for Pro Bono Legal Assistance

During a week dedicated to recruiting more pro bono volunteers and increasing legal services to the poor, legal aid societies, bar associations and law schools across Ohio will hold events where lawyers will volunteer their time.

The 2010 National Pro Bono Celebration will kick off on Sunday and end Oct. 30.

Developed by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, the week also will showcase the great difference that pro bono lawyers make to the nation’s system of justice, individual communities and their clients. Ohio’s participation led off with the Oct. 1 Toledo Bar Association recognition of attorney Patricia Intagliata for 25 years as director of its pro bono legal services program.

Ohio State Bar Association President Carmen Roberto serves as honorary state chair. He noted that the need continues to grow and Ohio lawyers continue to answer the call. “During this National Pro Bono Celebration, we recognize those Ohio lawyers who are already providing pro bono legal services, especially those lawyers who have together accepted almost 1,500 pro bono foreclosure cases through Save the Dream Ohio,” Roberto said. “We also take the opportunity to encourage more lawyers to get involved in pro bono activities.”

More than 55 events are planned across Ohio and include free events where people who cannot afford a lawyer may obtain legal advice and referrals on the following topics: bankruptcy, foreclosure, wills, elder law, divorce, and immigration.

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 domestic relations or tax. Ohio expects to have the most events of any state to mark the national celebration.

Learn more about the pro bono celebration.

View a complete list of Ohio events.

Contact: Chris Davey or Bret Crow at 614.387.9250.