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Pro Bono Center of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation

Pro Bono CLE Pilot Project logoThe Pro Bono Center is the nexus between the members of the Bar Association and its many projects and member organizations that provide direct legal services to the poor.

The Center's mission is to provide well-trained attorney volunteers to help meet the legal needs of the indigent in Allegheny County. Volunteer attorneys will have access to the support they need, including free or reduced fee CLE training, free on-line research, mentoring, and malpractice insurance for volunteer efforts, as well as volunteer opportunities through the Center's projects, organizations and new initiatives.

For more information about the Pro Bono Center and about volunteer opportunities please contact:

Mallory Draisma
Legal Programs Coordinator
412-402-6674
mdraisma@acba.org

Volunteer opportunities are available from a variety of projects and member organizations. A complete list is of Member Organizations and Projects available on the Pro Bono Center website.

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Allegheny
  • Area of law: Arts, Civil Rights, Consumer, Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Disability, Disaster and Crisis Assistance, Education, Elder Law, Employment, Environmental, Family & Juvenile, Foreclosure, Health, HIV/AIDS, Homeless, Housing, Life Planning, Nonprofit Organizations, Prisoners, Public Benefits, Taxes, Veterans
  • Populations Served: Children, Communities of Color, Domestic Violence Victims, Elderly, General Public, HIV, Immigrant youth and unaccompanied minors, Immigrants, Individuals who are not in legal immigration status, Individuals with criminal histories, Juveniles, Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender, Low Income, Military/Veterans, Native Americans, Nonprofits, Persons with Disabilities, State Residents, Women, Working poor and unemployed
  • Opportunities For: Lawyers, Senior Lawyers, Small and medium law firm attorneys
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: Yes
  • Training / Supervision Comments: Trainings is sometimes, but not always, required.
  • CLE credit for pro bono: Yes
  • CLE pro bono comments: Attorneys may receive one (1) CLE credit hour for every five (5) hours of pro bono service completed through Accredited Pro Bono CLE Providers. A maximum of three hours may be applied per compliance period.
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: No
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Alternative dispute resolution (ADR), Client counseling (e.g., brief advice), Draft legal documents (e.g., briefs), Litigation: Trial/Direct Representation
  • Long Distance Opportunities: Draft or Translate Legal Documents, Form/document review, Provide brief advice, Virtual/remote clinics
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: Yes
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