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October 2012 CBA REPORT
in the spotlight
up to the volunteer lawyers. In addition,
the VLP carries malpractice insurance
to cover volunteer lawyers while they
are handling VLP referrals and pro-
vides funds to cover necessary litigation
Attorneys can also support the VLP
by making a tax-deductible contribution.
Donations to the Foundation are used to
pay litigation expenses, for home inves-
tigations in child custody and adoption
cases and reduced fees ($25.00 per hour
up to $1,000.00 maximum) to volunteer
lawyers who agree to accept additional
cases beyond their two free cases.
Legal Aid provides staff to manage
the VLP. Since 2007, the VLP includes a
full-time managing attorney, pro bono
coordinator, legal assistant and intern.
The VLP website, launched in 2010,
provides information, valuable legal re-
search and other tools to VLP attorneys
TheVLP has Made a Significant
Contribution for Access to Justice
The efforts and success of the VLP
are well recognized. In 2002, the Ohio
Legal Assistance Foundation presented
the VLP with its prestigious Presidential
Award for outstanding leadership in
the delivery of pro bono legal services
and recognized the VLP as a shining
example of how partnerships among
bar associations and legal aid programs
can be forged to meet the legal needs of
the most vulnerable. Twelfth District
Court of Appeals Judge Robert Ringland
initiated a relationship with Legal Aid
and the VLP in 2009 to assist Clermont
County homeowners facing foreclosure,
and was awarded the OLAF Presidential
Award for Pro Bono Service that year.
Recently, VLP
ttorney Stephen M. Ber-
nat was awarded the Janet Clemmons/
SELF Community Service Award for pro
bono work he has done through the VLP
for residents of Butler County.
TheVLP’s Long Time Supporters
Have Ensured its Success
Three of the original founding trust-
ees remain on the Foundation Board
today: Joe Trauth, Diane Schneider-
man and Bob Laufman. Diane and Bob
continue to represent clients pro bono.
In response to the question of why she
has stayed involved with the VLP for so
long, Diane stated, “The honest answer
is because it is immensely gratifying to
me. It may not be possible to change the
world as many of us hoped and intended
when we entered law school, but knowing
that my professional skills have changed
one client’s world is something to be
The Cincinnati Bar Association also
has continued to be an outstanding
partner and supporter of the VLP. Every
year the Association co-hosts a free CLE
program with the VLP to help recruit
and thank volunteer attorneys. The
CBA also makes a significant financial
contribution. Additionally, the Associa-
tion distributes the VLP Annual Report
every year, and provides ample space
in the
CBA Report
to allow the VLP to
announce new programs and recruit vol-
unteers. The Cincinnati Bar Foundation
has also provided valuable financial sup-
port for the VLP’s recruitment program,
as well as startup costs for the Wills and
Advanced Directives Clinics. The Cler-
mont County Bar Association and the
Butler County Bar Foundation have also
provided support.
The VLP enjoys strong support from
Celebrating 30 Years of Pro Bono Service
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
The Mercantile Library
414 Walnut Street, 11th Floor
Honoring Founding Trustees
Robert F. Laufman • Diane Schneiderman • Joseph L. Trauth, Jr.
Remarks by Hon. Jeffrey P. Hopkins
The Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation Board of Trustees
invites the legal community to join with our volunteer attorneys and
generous donors in celebrating this landmark occasion.
Please rsvp to Ron Rigby at:
or (513) 362-2811
Celebration Sponsors
The Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation
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