pro bono services

Taft professionals are devoted to enhancing the communities in which we live. In addition to working on public service projects and assuming leadership positions on boards, our attorneys provide legal services to groups and individuals who otherwise are unable to afford them.

We have been recognized for our commitment to providing pro bono work; for example, in February 2016, Taft was selected as the recipient of the first “Law Firm of the Year” award by the Pro Bono Partnership of Greater Cincinnati. This dedication is inherent in Taft’s culture; our founding partners were heavily engaged in public and political service, and our current attorneys continue that legacy.

Below are examples of pro bono involvement from across our offices. Please click here for a representative list of organizations that we have supported through our pro bono efforts.

Chicago

Partnership for Connected Illinois

Taft represents this state-sponsored corporation, which was a major recipient of federal stimulus funds, in its efforts to extend high-speed broadband connectivity to all rural areas in Illinois.

Cincinnati

Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati

Taft’s pro bono services for the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati include tax advice, advice concerning restructuring of their corporate entities and creation of new entities to hold title to the real property they own in Cincinnati. Taft attorney Steve Nechemias is on the board of trustees and is a former president of the organization.

Cleveland

Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

Taft attorneys represent clients referred to us by Legal Aid. We handle cases that typically impact needs, such as health, shelter and safety, economics and education, and access to justice, for those who are most vulnerable in the community.

Columbus

Honor Flight Columbus

Taft attorneys helped the founders organize the Columbus chapter of this nationwide organization that honors veterans with trips to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials that recognize their service and the sacrifices they and their fellow warriors made for our country. Taft continues to provide legal advice on various matters as requested.

Dayton

Wesley Community Center

Taft provides free legal services every month at the Wesley Community Center, which serves the West Dayton and Miami Valley, Ohio communities. Taft partner Jeff Swillinger established the Wesley Community Center Free Law Clinic and continues to organize, facilitate and participate in the clinic with volunteer assistance from community attorneys. Jeff recently received the Lloyd O’Hara Public Interest Law Award for his work within the law clinic at the 2013 Access to Justice Awards Gala, presented by Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Legal Aid of Western Ohio and Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project.

Indianapolis

Friends of Riley, Inc.

Taft provides counsel to Friends of Riley, Inc., an off-shoot of the Riley Children’s Hospital Foundation, in connection with corporate formation issues and obtaining federal tax exempt status. Taft partner Marci Reddick and associate Cara Johnson provide counsel. Cara is joining the board of directors.