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

Inspiration Café

Taft has assisted this key part of Inspiration Corporation in connection with business license matters, making it possible for the organization to provide food pantry and restaurant meals in a therapeutic community of dignity and respect. Inspiration Corporation is dedicated to improving community stability through increasing income and stable housing.

Cincinnati

Child Welfare League of America

Taft has handled deferred compensation matters and has updated the personnel handbook for the Child Welfare League of America, one of the best child welfare advocates and educators in the U.S. Taft partner Ross Wales previously served on the board of the organization and was chair for two years.

Cleveland

Gross Schechter Day School

Taft assists the school in day-to-day legal matters, including vendor contracts, teachers’ contracts and handbooks, administrators’ contracts, student issues and employment issues.

Columbus

Ohio Art League

The Ohio Art League is an innovative leader in Ohio for supporting visual artists during all stages of their careers. OAL connects member artists to patrons of the arts, the community, and exhibit and studio spaces. Through professional development, mentorship and advocacy, OAL works strategically to help Ohio cultivate and retain top visual art talent while positioning the state as a hub for the visual arts.

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

Fort Harrison Reuse Authority

Taft developed the criteria and application used to evaluate requests for economic development assistance from businesses wanting to locate at the fort. Taft also represents FHRA at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Round Table discussions and works with other board members to evaluate business proposals and requests for economic development incentives submitted by developers and businesses seeking to come to the fort or expand operations.