Allegheny County Pro Bono Information

Learn to represent victims of domestic violence, April 25, 2014
"Helping Domestic Violence Victims Obtain Protection Orders"

This course trains attorneys to obtain final protection from abuse orders (PFAs) for victims of domestic violence. It is open to all attorneys interested in volunteering for NLSA's PFA program. The law firm of K&L Gates will host the training at 210 Sixth Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15219, on Friday, April 25, 2014, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (registration from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m.). CLE CREDITS: 3 substantive, 1 ethics. REGISTRATION FEE: Free for attorneys or paralegals volunteering to take PFA referrals; $80 for non-volunteers; $20 for non-volunteers who do not want CLE credit.

KD & You and the Law, April 15, 2014
The 30th annual KD & You and the Law telethon will be held in Pittsburgh on April 15, noon to 6 p.m. at KDKA-TV studios in Gateway Center. Volunteers from the Allegheny County Bar Association will provide free assistance to callers with legal questions. Whether you are a veteran volunteer of this event or a newcomer, event organizers can use your help. Attorneys in all areas of the law are needed, but those specializing in family law, elder law, bankruptcy, real estate, and employment are especially needed due to a high volume of calls in those areas. Fifteen volunteers are needed for each shift. The available shifts are noon to 2 p.m., 2 to 4 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. To volunteer, contact Denise Velez at dvelez@acba.org or 412-402-6687 and let her know which two-hour shift you can work and the areas in which you feel most comfortable receiving calls.

YLD's ¡Carnivale! Benefits Pro Bono Center, April 10, 2014
The Allegheny County Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division proudly announces the 2014 ¡Carnivale! to be held on April 10, 2014 from 5:30- 8:30 p.m. at the Rivers Club, One Oxford Centre, Pittsburgh. ¡Carnivale! promises to be a festive and fun evening of Monte Carlo entertainment along with raffles, drinks and appetizers with all proceeds directly benefiting the Allegheny County Bar Foundation's Pro Bono Center. The center's mission is to provide well-trained attorney volunteers to help meet the legal needs of low income individuals in Allegheny County.

Custody Conciliation Pro Bono Project CLE, April 10, 2014
A training program will be held for new and current volunteers for the Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership's Custody Conciliation Project, which provides attorneys to help low-income parents settle custody cases, thereby avoiding further litigation and relieving children of the difficult experience of a protracted custody dispute. The time commitment is very reasonable; attorneys enter an appearance in the case for the limited purpose of the conciliation only. The program will be provided by Neighborhood Legal Services Association and hosted by the Pro Bono Center of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, Academy Room, City-County Building, 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, on Thursday, April 10, 9-11:45 a.m. Presenters include experienced family law attorneys and project volunteers. The training will include a roundtable discussion of issues commonly encountered in custody conciliation cases.

Community Legal Clinic at Homewood-Brushton YMCA, March 29, 2014
Volunteer lawyers from the Homer S. Brown Division of the Allegheny County Bar Association will offer free legal consultations and education on Saturday, March 29, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Homewood-Brushton YMCA, 7140 Bennett Street, Pittsburgh. Attendees will have the opportunity to sit down with a licensed attorney and receive guidance on how to resolve legal problems they might be facing. Informational group sessions will also be offered on the topics of family law (11-11:45 a.m.); the rights and obligations of landlords and tenants (noon-12:45 p.m.); and clearing criminal records (1-1:45 p.m.). This annual legal clinic is named in honor of Derrick A. Bell, a Pittsburgh native and graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Dr. Bell was a civil rights lawyer and professor who pioneered scholarship on the intersection of race and justice.

Pro Bono Fair, March 19, 2014
The Public Service Committee's Pro Bono Fair will be held on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 5-7:30 p.m. at Olive or Twist, 140 Sixth Street, Pittsburgh. Representatives of the various Pro Bono Center programs will be available to explain how the programs work and answer questions on getting involved. The Pro Bono Center and other programs regularly offer training, mentoring, and shadowing opportunities for volunteers.

‘Wills for Heroes’ Event, Feb. 8, 2014
The PBA Young Lawyers Division and the Wills for Heroes Foundation, with sponsorship by Ballard Spahr LLP, is holding a series of “Wills for Heroes” events across Pennsylvania. At these events, free wills and powers of attorney are prepared for police officers, firefighters and other first responders who risk their lives every day to make sure our communities are safe. Programs are staffed by lawyer volunteers and are conveniently offered to first responders at meeting halls and police and fire stations. At these events volunteer lawyers will be conducting a program for all active and retired Pennsylvania first responders, all sworn personnel and their spouses, partners or significant others (please note that proof of affiliation will be requested at the event). For more information on the program, visit the Wills for Heroes Foundation at www.willsforheroes.org or the PBA website at www.pabar.org/public/yld/Projects/willsforheroesyld.asp. Following is information on an event in Allegheny County. If you have questions about this event, contact Angel Revelant at arevelant@pollockbegg.com.
     Feb. 8, for the City of Pittsburgh Police, at the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, 1203 Western Ave., 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pro Bono Rocks! Battle of the Attorney Bands in Pittsburgh, Nov. 9, 2013
Tickets are now on sale for Pro Bono Rocks! Battle of the Attorney Bands to be held at The Showroom, Dave & Buster's at the Waterfront in Pittsburgh, Nov. 9, 6:30-11 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Pro Bono Center of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, which creates and manages programs that match low-income individuals facing critical legal issues with volunteer attorneys and legal services programs. Find out more about the event on the foundation website. To become a sponsor, or for more information about the event, contact Erin Rhodes at (412) 402-6641 or erhodes@acba.org.

ACBA Pro Bono Achievement Award Winners to be Honored Sept. 17, 2013
The Allegheny County Bar Association has announced the winners of the 2013 ACBA Pro Bono Achievement Awards. The awards recognize individuals, law firms, legal departments and organizations for making significant contributions to enhancing the provision of free legal services to low-income residents of Allegheny County in the past year. The following awardees will be recognized at the 2013 Fellows Dinner, which will feature civil rights activist Bob Zellner as speaker at Pittsburgh’s LeMont restaurant on Sept. 17:

  • Janet Goode, Esq. (Christian Legal Aid of Pittsburgh), recipient of the Lorraine M. Bittner Public Interest Attorney Award;
  • Jane Charlton, Esq., recipient of the Jane F. Hepting Individual Pro Bono Award;
  • Tucker Arensberg PC, recipient of the Organization Pro Bono Award;
  • Jamie Lynn Roberts (FedEx Ground), recipient of the Administrative Assistant Pro Bono Award; and
  • Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership's Criminal Records Expungement Project, recipient of the New Initiative Pro Bono Award.

Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership Among Award Recipients Named by Super Lawyers, May 2013
Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, has named the Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership among the seven recipients of its second annual Pro Bono Awards. Read about the awards. Read about the Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership, as featured in the digital edition of Super Lawyers magazine.

Gaetani Joins Allegheny County Bar Foundation, January 2013
The Allegheny County Bar Foundation has announced that attorney Elizabeth Parker Gaetani has joined the foundation as assistant pro bono coordinator. Read more on the probono.net website. Gaetani can be reached at (412) 402-6628 or egaetani@acba.org.

Ward, Hazlewood Receive 2012 Pro Bono Awards, Dec. 3, 2012
Thomas J. Ward and Jason E. Hazlewood each were presented with a 2012 PBA Pro Bono Award during a pro bono meeting in Pittsburgh, Dec. 3. Pictured below are Ward (first photo) and Hazlewood (second photo) receiving their awards from Allegheny County Bar Association Public Service Committee Chair Jonathan S. McAnney (left) and PBA Pro Bono Coordinator David J. Trevaskis. Read Trevaskis's remarks at the presentation.



2102 ACBA Pro Bono Achievement Award Winners to be Honored Sept. 27
The Allegheny County Bar Association has announced the winners of the 2012 ACBA Pro Bono Achievement awards. These awards recognize individuals, law firms, legal departments and organizations that have made significant contributions to enhancing the provision of free legal services to low-income residents of Allegheny County in the past year. Click here for more information, including the list of this year's winners to be recognized at the 2012 Fellows Grand Reception on Sept. 27, with the featured speaker to be Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch.

'The Wills Project' - Training in Essential Personal Document, Pittsburgh, June 22
Neighborhood Legal Services Association will be presenting its Summer 2012 Seminar titled "The Wills Project" - Training in Essential Personal Documents in Pittsburgh, June 22, 2012. The session offers 2.5 substantive CLE credits. Get more information.

Top 10 Reasons Lawyers Don't (and Do) Do Pro Bono, 2012
Top 10 PowerPoint; Responses to the Top 10 Reasons

Celebrate Pro Bono Volunteers, May 1, 2012
The Public Service Committee will thank and recognize volunteers who provide pro bono services to low-income clients through Pro Bono Center member organizations and projects. Save the date: May 1, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., SPACE Gallery, 812 Liberty Avenue.

Allegheny County Bar Foundation Pro Bono Center e-newsletter

"Special Protections for Immigrant Victims of Violence," March 23, 2012
Every day, immigrant women suffer domestic abuse from their spouses. Many of them are unaware that domestic violence is illegal in the United States, and most are unaware that there is assistance available to them regardless of their immigration status. Under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), victims of domestic violence who are married to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident are eligible to apply for immigration status and even a green card independent of their abusive spouses. If you are interested in helping a victim of domestic violence navigate the immigration processes to become a permanent resident, please attend our training on March 23, 2012, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Allegheny County Bar Association. The program will be presented by Sheila Velez Martinez, Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Breakfast will be served.

Volunteers needed at NLSA
The Neighborhood Legal Services Association is in need of volunteer attorneys to assist at its Debt Advice Clinic. The clinic meets twice a month on Wednesday evenings. Attorneys are needed between 5:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Assisting at these clinics is an excellent way for attorneys to fulfill pro bono obligations. The volunteer time is limited to two hours; it involves giving advice only. No preparation or follow-up is required and it does not interfere with normal business hours. NLSA is asking that attorneys volunteer only twice a year. Numerous other case-handling and civil legal volunteer opportunities are available at NLSA. You can help transform the lives of domestic violence victims as well as the lives of low-income individuals and families with urgent legal problems.

ACBA Disaster Legal Assistance Manual for Volunteer Attorneys, 2011

Nov. 5, 2011: In Pittsburgh, Pro Bono Rocks!
Pro Bono Rocks! returns to Pittsburgh with a Battle of the Attorney Bands. Get more information, including a link for ticket purchase.

The Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership's Annual Breakfast Meeting, Oct. 18, 2011
This year's program focuses on the pro bono programs of corporate legal departments and includes a panel of in-house attorneys from Alcoa, CBS, FedEx Ground, UPMC and others. Find out more.

ACBA Pro Bono Center e-newsletter of Oct. 12, 2011

ACBA Pro Bono Achievement Award Winners Honored at Fellows Grand Reception, Sept. 27, 2011
The Allegheny County Bar Association has announced the winners of the 2011 ACBA Pro Bono Achievement awards. Click here for information on the reception honoring the award winners. The awards and recipients are: Lorraine M. Bittner Public Interest Attorney Award - Eleanor Grainy, Esq. (to be awarded posthumously); Jane F. Hepting Individual Pro Bono Award - Frederick A. Miller, Esq.; Organization Pro Bono Award - FedEx Ground; Special Service Pro Bono Award - Jason E. Hazlewood, Esq.; Special Service Pro Bono Award - Thomas J. Ward, Esq.

Lunch and Learn About Pro Bono
The Pro Bono Center of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation held an informative session about pro bono programs and volunteer opportunities in Allegheny County with Pro Bono Coordinator Barbara Griffin on Sept. 16, 2011. Click here for information, as posted to PAprobono.net.

Law and Process of Refugee Adjustment of Status Applications, April 29, 2011

Allegheny County Bar Foundation Pro Bono Center Forms, 2011
    Survey Assessing Need for a Legal Clinic
    Application for Services

Allegheny County Bar Foundation Pro Bono Center e-newsletter

Allegheny County Bar Foundation Grants, 2011

2010 National Pro Bono Week Allegheny County ‘Thanks a Latte’
Allegheny County Bar Foundation pro bono guru Barbara Griffin celebrated National Pro Bono Week by honoring volunteers at various legal aid sites with coffee and other goodies, all part of her "Thanks A Latte" effort.

Allegheny County Bar Association Pro Bono Achievement Award Winners Honored at Fellows Grand Reception, Sept. 27, 2010

18th Annual Allegheny County Bar Association Golf Tournament, July 26, 2010
Allegheny County Bar Foundation Accepting Pro Bono Achievement Award Nominations, June 2010

2010 Pro Bono Celebration of Volunteers Program; PBA News Release; Awards Photos from the Event, May 19, 2010

Letter of Aug. 3, 2009, Thanking the ACBA for Assistance through the Residents Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program

Pittsburgh NLSA’s Older & Wiser Program Wins 2010 Emil Gumpert Award
The Pittsburgh Neighborhood Legal Services Association’s Older & Wiser program is the winner of the 2010 Emil Gumpert Award of $50,000 funded by a grant from the Foundation of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Find out more about the award. Read about the award in the "The Journal of the Allegheny County Bar Association."

ACBA Volunteer Appreciation Event in Pittsburgh May 19, 2010
The Allegheny County Bar Association Public Service Committee will thank and recognize volunteers who provided pro bono services to low-income clients in the past year through ACBA Pro Bono Center member organizations and projects. The law firm of Reed Smith is graciously providing the venue for this event, which is free to volunteers. Event information: Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 5-7 p.m., Reed Smith Centre, 3 PNC Plaza, 225 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh. Join us on the outdoor terrace of the new Reed Smith Centre. The event will feature great food, spectacular city views, live music, door prizes, and more. The Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Office will present the 2010 PBA Pro Bono Awards to Pittsburgh-area winners.

2010 ABA Award Goes to Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership
The American Bar Association has selected the Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership as a recipient of a John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award for 2010. Click here for the ABA announcement.

Pro Bono Rocks! Raises More Than $6,400
The Allegheny County Bar Foundation hosted Pro Bono Rocks! on Nov. 6, 2009. It was a fun event that raised much-needed funds to maintain programs providing free legal services to low-income residents of area communities. Over 185 guests walked the red carpet past "screaming fans" to enjoy the music and moves of "Who's Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band." Special kudos to the members of the Pro Bono Rocks Steering Committee (Aaron Asher, Ellen Doyle, Ron Jones, Barbara Payne, Melaine Rothey, Jeff Weimer, Regina Wilson, Michelle Yarbrough) and to our sponsors: Reed Smith L.L.P.; USI Affinity; Dickie McCamey & Chilcote P.C.; Goehring Rutter & Boehm; Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti; and Thorp Reed & Armstrong, L.L.P.

Allegheny County Pro Bono Award Winners
PBA Zone Governor Hal Coffey, PBA Legal Services to the Public Committee Vice Chair Iva Munk and PBA Pro Bono Coordinator David Trevaskis made a special presentation before the Allegheny County Bar Association's Public Interest Committee to honor Pittsburgh based Pro Bono Award winners on Nov. 16, 2009. Click here for photos of the award winners. Photos by Drew Hardman; reprint permission granted by the Allegheny County Bar Association.

October 2009 is Pro Bono Month in Allegheny County
The Allegheny County Bar Association has taken the American Bar Association's National Pro Bono Celebration from a one week highlighting of pro bono to a month full of meetings, trainings and events, all designed to encourage, increase and support attorney participation in the provision of free legal services to low-income individuals and families. To add to the fun, several firms including Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti and Reed Smith are hosting "dress-down days," when attorneys and staff members may make a donation to the Allegheny County Bar Foundation and wear jeans or other casual attire to work. Then the ACBA will wrap up the month with Pro Bono Rocks! on Nov. 6 at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Pro Bono Partnership’s Wills Project Assists Local Low-Income Residents, ACBA 'Journal,' April 10, 2009
Bar Leadership Initiative Class Serves the Public on Pro Bono Day, ACBA 'Journal,' March 27, 2009
Attorney Form for Programs Not Covered by ACBA Insurance, 2009

Oliver Receives 2008 Jane F. Hepting Pro Bono Award
Lindsay Oliver, an attorney in the Pittsburgh office of Cohen & Grigsby, has received the 2008 Jane F. Hepting Individual Pro Bono Award from the Allegheny County Bar Foundation for her pro bono representation of indigent clients at a low-income legal aid clinic sponsored by Christian Legal Aid of Pittsburgh. The award honors her commitment to public service. "This honor speaks volumes about Lindsay’s dedication, character and compassion for serving others," said Jack Elliott, president and CEO of Cohen & Grigsby. "Lindsay’s efforts are a clear example of the culture of giving that we support at the firm. Oliver is an associate in the firm’s business practice group, focusing on financial transactions that include commercial lending, leasing arrangements and structured finance. She received her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, her M.B.A. from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh and her B.S. in finance from the University of Pittsburgh.

Pro Se Help, 2008
The Pro Se Clinic is staffed by students the from the Duquesne University and University of Pittsburgh law schools who are supervised by experienced, volunteer family-law attorneys who are members of the Allegheny County bar Association's Family Law Section. The clinic run by a full-time family law attorney who is a court employee. The program, which provides advice and assistance but not direct representation, sees about 2,700 clients per year. The program director is Barbara Payne, barbara.payne@court.allegheny.pa.us.

Limited Appearance Praecipe for a Custody Conciliation (Form), January 2008
Custody Conciliation Limited Retainer Agreement (Form), January 2008
ACBA Pro Bono Resolution 2007
2007 ACBA LRAP Program Overview
2007 ACBA LRAP Program Application
Maureen Kelly Receives Susan B. Anthony Award, Feb. 20, 2007
Racunas Receives Pitt Law's Distinguished Alumni Award, Oct. 21, 2006
Comments by Vincent J. Grogan, National Adoption Day Forum, Nov. 15, 2006
ACBA Disaster Legal Assistance Manual for Volunteer Attorneys
Article on the Disaster Legal Assistance Manual, August 2006
Pro Bono Partnership
Pittsburgh Corporate Pro Bono
Allegheny County Bar Foundation Presents Public Service Award for Pro Bono Legal Assistance
County Bar Contact Information
Lawyers on Loan Program
New Immigration Asylum Project
Formation of an ACBA Military and Veterans Affairs Committee
PBA Pro Bono Award
Pro Bono Award Presentation
Katrina Aid
PBA & ACBA Collaborate to Advance Pro Bono Work
Allegheny County Pro Bono Center e-newsletter Archive
KDKA Military and Veterans Legal Advice Day
ACBA Pro Bono Resolution 1990