Times have changed over the course of our 150 years, but the Cincinnati Bar Association’s mission remains the same: to promote professional excellence, foster justice, serve our members, and educate the public.  


With that spirit in mind, please join us by participating in a robust pro bono and community service challenge to help commemorate the CBA’s 150th Anniversary and make an impact in our community. 

Give back and make an impact in our community when you volunteer for CBA In Service.

  1. Announce Your Participation:
    Announce to your friends and colleagues on social media your participation in the CBA In Service challenge, and encourage them to join you by using the #CBAInService hashtag. 
  2. Get to Work:
    Review the lists of upcoming service activities, choose which activities you’d like to participate in, register for the event and start volunteering 
  3. Sign-Up:
    Select one or more pro bono/volunteer options from below and click register. If you are currently a volunteer for one of the organizations listed below, you only need to register with the CBA.


Every member of our legal community who participates in CBA In Service will be recognized in the following ways: 

  • CBA Report
    Name recognition in November/December issue of the CBA Report 
  • 150th Celebration June 9 | Anderson Pavilion
    Name recognition Commemorative name badge ribbon 
  • Member Reception September 22 | TQL Stadium
    Name recognition Commemorative name badge ribbon 
  • E-Badge
    Commemorative e-badge for use on website, email signature, social media post and more

For more information or to report your hours, please contact LaDonna Wallace Smith, Director of Community Engagement at 513-699-1392 or lsmith@cincybar.org

Legal Aid/VLP

The Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) recruits, trains and supports volunteer attorneys who provide access to justice for low-income individuals who do not have the resources to pay for legal representation.


Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio

PBPO provides free business and transactional legal services to nonprofit social service organizations serving the disadvantaged or enhancing the quality of life in neighborhoods in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas.


Pro Seniors

Pro Seniors is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping seniors maximize their independence and quality of life through legal and long-term care advocacy, outreach, and education.


CBA Day of Service

Join us for one day of hands-on community service work at three separate locations. Volunteers may choose to stay the entire time or part of the time. Simply select from the options below and register.

  • Matthew 25: Ministries 
    • June 11th, 9 – 11 a.m.
    • 11060 Kenwood Rd., Blue Ash 45242
    • Volunteer Duties: Volunteers may sort, package, and count various donated goods to be shipped both domestically and internationally.
    • Volunteers Needed: Unlimited
  • Saturday Hoops
    • June 11th, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Ziegler Park, 1322 Sycamore St., Cincinnati 45202
    • Volunteer Duties: It’s a fun day of basketball, soccer, reading, and arts and crafts with youth. Volunteers may also serve lunch to attendees. No athletic ability needed, just the ability to have fun!
    • Volunteers Needed: 30
  • Great American Clean-Up in North Avondale
    • June 11th, 12 – 2 p.m.
    • Seasongood Square Intersection of N. Fred Shuttlesworth Circle and Reading Road Cincinnati, 45229
    • Volunteer Duties: Help beautify and clean the neighborhood alongside neighbors, council members, and other volunteers.
    • Volunteers Needed: Unlimited

Hamilton County Youth Court

Youth Court uses positive peer pressure to ensure that young people who have committed minor offenses pay the community back and receive the help they need to avoid further involvement in the justice system. A Judge will preside over two of the four hearings on each hearing date.


Justice Bus with BLAC

Join the Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati (BLAC) at the Black Family Reunion as volunteers offer free legal clinics on the Justice Bus.

  • Time: TBD
  • Location: Sawyer Point
  • Volunteers Needed: TBD


Consider starting your journey as a ProKids Court Appointed Special Advocates. In just 10 hours a month, you too can speak up for a child, helping them to heal from their trauma and move toward a brighter future.