National Pro Bono Celebration
The week of October 24-30, 2010 marks the second annual, week-long National Pro Bono Celebration. The Celebration, initiated by the American Bar Association (ABA), is a coordinated national effort to meet the ever-growing needs of this country's most vulnerable citizens by encouraging and supporting local efforts to expand the delivery of pro bono legal services. The week also provides an opportunity to showcase the great difference pro bono lawyers make in our community and system of justice.
Throughout the week, there are a number of clinics and educational activities taking place, some through the CMBA but many through The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, that no only directly serve those in need who qualify, but also many events that focus on educating attorneys and those in the legal community. The education piece is important because of the every growing need in the community and so the education helps encourage and aid more attorneys in providing pro bono services. (Click here for a calendar of activities)
Pro bono legal services address a wide assortment of common legal problems, such as divorce, home/tenant issues, tax, unemployment, homelessness, expunging records, and more.
In addition to the clinics, seminars and other events during the week, a "monster" fundraiser to support these types of services closes out the week. The 9th annual Halloween Run for Justice raises money for the many pro bono and community service programs run through the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, and that fun-filled morning is something the public can participate in. The run takes place on Sat., Oct. 30 at 9 a.m. at the Galleria.
This week serves to remind our legal community and community at large that there is a real need and that pro bono services may offer some solutions.