2014 - 15 Nonprofits and Client Pro Bono Committee
Provides direct case placement for nonprofits and individual clients who cannot afford representation and who are not served elsewhere.
Heather Blackley, Director of Lawyer Volunteer and Community Services, firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Need / Commitment
Members of the Nonprofits and Client Pro Bono Committee attend quarterly committee meetings, review applications of nonprofits seeking legal services, process direct case placement client intake forms, and assist in assigning cases to appropriate pro bono attorneys. Interested in joining this committee? Complete the committee interest form.
2013-14 Nonprofit and Client Pro Bono Committee Report
Brandon M. Williams, Chair & Adam L. Horner, Vice-Chair
The Nonprofit and Client Pro Bono Committee implemented the Bar’s enhanced direct case placement pro bono program this year. Committee members were assigned an average of one case per week to review. The review process included completing an intake form with specific questions regarding the client’s case and information on income eligibility. Almost all cases were approved for pro bono legal services. Those cases that were not approved either did not have merit or the client never contacted the committee member for the follow-up call. Once the client was approved for pro bono services, MCB staff matched the client with a pro bono attorney. This process took three to four weeks, depending on the complexity of the case.
MCB staff and the Committee will work together next year on tweaing the process and developing a more efficient process of vetting and placing clients with pro bono attorneys. The Committee will work closely with the Legal Volunteer Recruitment Committee on identifying the areas of law for which more volunteer attorneys are needed.
· Put into action the direct case placement process for pro bono clients including veterans.
· Committee members vetted close to 50 pro bono clients and placed over 30 with pro bono attorneys.
· Continued to provide the Pro Bono for Nonprofits program assisting nonprofits with filing for 501(c)(3) designation.