History

History

In 1982, the Cincinnati Bar Association and the Legal Aid Society of Cincinnati joined to form the Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation (VLPF).  The role of the VLPF was to provide oversight and raise funds for a new pro bono effort: the Volunteer Lawyers Project

The Volunteer Lawyers Project was created to leverage representation by pro bono attorneys to help meet the a steadily growing need for legal services for low-income resident’s that was far outstripping Legal Aid’s limited capacity. Over the years, many other local bar associations have joined to support this effort. Today, the Volunteer Lawyers Project serves as pro bono arm of, and is co-sponsored by, the Cincinnati and Butler, Clermont, Clinton, and Warren County Bar Associations. Recruitment and training of Volunteer Attorneys are important components of the effort as well.

Legal Aid Society staff conduct intake screening of applicants and refer eligible clients to volunteer attorneys. Legal Aid attorneys and private attorneys provide back-up to volunteer attorneys on substantive matters. Legal Aid paralegal staff also provides support for the VLP’s Divorce and Wills Clinics. Legal Aid administrative, management, and accounting staff also support the VLP. In 2012, Legal Aid’s in-kind contribution to the VLP was $2,399,895.

Through the solicitation of law firm, foundation, and individual contributions, the Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation raises approximately $120,000 per year to support the VLP.

For more information on what it means to become a Volunteer Lawyer, please click here.


2016 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

Volunteer Lawyers For the Poor Foundation 2016 Annual Report

WHY I VOLUNTEER

Our volunteers tell us what a rich and rewarding experience VLP has been for them. We want to share those stories with you. Click to see their stories and their results.

Robin B.

“I always heard of good like this, but experiencing this good is a blessing”. Robin B. (home saved from foreclosure,...
2013-12-05T19:27:02+00:00
“I always heard of good like this, but experiencing this good is a blessing”. Robin B. (home saved from foreclosure, Attorney Daniel Temming

Angela R.

“This service was a great help for my daughter who is handicapped. We really appreciated the help we got”. Angela...
2013-12-05T19:27:35+00:00
“This service was a great help for my daughter who is handicapped. We really appreciated the help we got”. Angela R. (Attorney Paul Balash assisted disabled adult with landlord tenant dispute

Hazel F.

“He was kind, professional, and informative; I was treated like a Kennedy or Bush family member. Now that’s saying a...
2013-12-05T19:28:07+00:00
“He was kind, professional, and informative; I was treated like a Kennedy or Bush family member. Now that’s saying a lot”. Hazel F. (Attorney Charles Arkin assisted client with Will and other advanced planning documents)

Doris S.

“Your organization does a great job and I am very humbled to have you as my lawyer. Doris S. (Attorney...
2013-12-05T19:28:37+00:00
“Your organization does a great job and I am very humbled to have you as my lawyer. Doris S. (Attorney Thomas Gruber assisted disabled client with a credit card debt issue

Anonymous

“I would say that this service is wonderful. I’ll always appreciate it”. David E. (Attorney obtained expungement so that he...
2013-12-05T19:26:27+00:00
“I would say that this service is wonderful. I’ll always appreciate it”. David E. (Attorney obtained expungement so that he could get a job)
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