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

Hope Institute for Chidren and Families

Taft provided legal advice and counsel on fundraising to this organization, primarily the legal research to structure the raffle of a “Dream House” or $1 million prize, licenses, contract reviews and all other matters involved in conducting the raffle. The firm also provided legal advice to the Institute Foundation in connection with amending and restating its corporate bylaws.

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

Columbus Landmarks Foundation

Columbus Landmarks advocates for, promotes and preserves Columbus landmarks and neighborhoods.

Columbus Landmarks was founded in 1977 by a dedicated group of historic preservationists and local residents who were committed to preserving Columbus’ architectural heritage. Since that time, Landmarks has played an integral role in educating the community, encouraging responsible public and private sector enhancement of historic areas and structures, and promoting the highest standards in the design and construction of new buildings and spaces. Our membership includes more than 700 individuals and corporations who remain devoted to Landmarks’ mission and vision.

Dayton

Dayton Visual Arts Center

Taft represents the Dayton Visual Arts Center with respect to its ongoing operations, including drafting and negotiation of contracts and corporate governance issues.

Indianapolis

Marion County Commission on Youth

Taft provides legal counsel to the Marion County Commission on Youth. Services have included providing employment advice and information on protected classes, as well as helping the organization through an employment separation.