Questions about how pro bono works? Check out our FAQs and feel free to submit your questions by emailing Laurie Rashidi-Yazd.
A: If you're ready to get started, check out our available cases and projects guide. For more limited scope opportunities, sign up for a shift in one of our clinics or help us through board service or fundraising. However you choose to be involved, we are glad to have you on our team!
A: Pro Bono promotes access to justice, which critical for our low income clients. Pro Bono also allows attorneys to gain knowledge and experience in new practice areas, access to trainings and CLEs from Legal Aid experts, and give back to their community by using their expertise. Need some inspiration? Check out our volunteer stories to see the impact you can make in the life of a client.
A: Pro Bono is a great way to get started in a new practice area. We gladly offer support through trainings, forms, samples, court information, and other assistance. If you don't find the resource you need in our online library, reach out to us or join one of our practice specific listservs.
A: We welcome all volunteers! You can find opportunities for students and paralegals throughout this website, or by completing our online form.
A: Limited Scope representation is defined in Georgia Rule of Professional Conduct 6.5 "short-term limited legal services to a client, normally through a one-time consultation, without expectation by either lawyer or the client that the lawyer will provide continuing representation in the matter and without expectation that the lawyer will receive a fee from the client for the services provided." Limited scope representation is ethical under the Rules of Professional Conduct. As explained in the comments to Rule 6.5, "A lawyer who provides free short-term limited legal services pursuant to this Rule must secure the client's informed consent to the limited scope of the representation. See Rule 1.2(c). If a short-term limited representation would not be reasonable under the circumstances, the lawyer may offer advice to the client but must also advise the client of the need for further assistance of counsel." We recommend reading the entire Rule and comments for a better understanding of the nature of limited scope representation.
A: Legal Aid provides malpractice insurance coverage for our pro bono volunteers. You can read our policy in the Volunteer Toolkit found in our Resource Library.
A: Pro Bono work is not mandatory in Georgia, but is aspirational. Georgia Rule of Professional Conduct 6.1 recommends attorneys strive to provide 50 hours of pro bono work per year. Attorneys who handle three pro bono matters per year may be eligible for a $150 CLE voucher toward a course with ICLEGA.
A: Having a community of experienced peers is important in the practice of law. With that in mind, we created listservs for specific practice areas. See the available listservs and subscribe to join the community.
A: We created this website for our volunteers! The website can be used to find volunteer opportunities that fit your interests, schedule and expertise. If you are looking for direct representation of a client, visit the Pro Bono Cases area to see all available cases in our 5 county area. Clicking on a case will provide more information about the case, the venue, the level of expertise needed, and an estimate of time commitment. If you are interested in taking the case, log in and select "Review this Case." When you select "Review this Case", the case is removed from the list of available cases for up to 2 days. When you decide to take a case, Legal Aid Pro Bono is notified and will contact you with all the information you need. If you choose not to accept the case in 2 days, the case will revert back to the list of available cases. You can see cases you are reviewing by going to Manage My Cases. If you don't see a case listed in the legal topic or county location you are searching for, you can sign up for email alerts to be notified when news are posted. For more short term opportunities, visit our Pro Bono Projects page to see a comprehensive listing of projects within the Metro Atlanta area. You can select filters according to your interests or scroll through the entire list.
For those looking for training, resources or clinics, check out the Pro Bono Tools and Training page. Here you will find links to helpful resources such as trainings, guides and checklists and listservs. You can also find information about other ways to volunteer, including taking a shift with one of our clinics, joining one of our Boards or Committees, or helping with fundraising.
We have additional pages for each county pro bono program, students, paralegals and more. Visit these pages for information on particular programs or topics, along with a list of cases, projects and clinics. A list of the additional pages can be found in the top navigation menu of each page, or in the footer on each page of the website.
A: For questions, comments, feedback, suggestions or just to say hello, please visit our Contact Us page to get in touch by phone, form or Facebook.