Philly lawyers are doing more pro bono work than ever, according to a 2017 report from the Philadelphia Bar Association and Philadelphia Bar Foundation.
Still, there are common challenges to recruiting lawyers to work pro bono: They’re generally strapped for time, sometimes unfamiliar with pro bono cases’ subject matters and often have a hard time knowing where to find cases that do match their interests.
To combat those challenges, the report recommended, among other things, expanding the one-day clinic model. Luckily for local nonprofits, Philadelphia VIP is in the business of doing just that.
At its next free legal assessment clinic, Philly-based nonprofits can receive free legal assistance from volunteer attorneys in issue areas such as updating bylaws, revising employee handbooks and creating image release agreements.
“The attorneys at the clinic will be walking clients through our Legal Assessment Checklist, which covers everything a nonprofit would need in order to be compliant with the law,” Executive Director Sophie Bryan wrote to Generocity describing a past legal clinic. “Attorneys will be issue spotting and highlighting areas the nonprofit should consider addressing. VIP staff will follow up with each client afterwards to prioritize what was highlighted and connect the client with volunteer attorneys to provide additional, ongoing assistance to address those specific issues.”
- When — Tuesday, July 17, 10 a.m. to noon
- Where — Center City (exact location TBD)
- How much — Free!
From our Partners
Nonprofit overhead: In defense of CEO salaries and shopping locally
This is how much money Philly’s 50 biggest nonprofits’ CEOs make in a year
Philly’s new LGBTQ board prep program is prioritizing accessibility
Nonprofits and startups can win up to $360K at the WeWork Creator Awards
TEDxPhiladelphia’s September salon theme is ‘crossover moments’
On the Market: 8 leadership positions open at Philly nonprofits
The ACLU asked Nick Cannon, Pusha T and more about criminal justice reform at Made in America
12 Philly immigrants who are ready to mobilize
Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse
Executive DirectorApply Now
Sign-up for daily news updates from Generocity