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.
St. Leonard's Ministries
Taft has represented St. Leonard’s Ministries (affiliated with the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago) for many years on land use matters connected with their various facilities, including St. Leonard’s House, Grace House and the Michael Barlow Work Center. All facilities serve ex-offenders and help them re-enter society and avoid return trips to prison. We have helped them secure space to conduct initiatives, including housing for ex-offenders, a community center, group therapy rooms, an instructional kitchen to train the residents for jobs in the service industry and a café to provide employment for some of those residents.
Society of St. Vincent DePaul
Taft helped establish the Society of St. Vincent DePaul Charitable Pharmacy, a last-resort safety net for those who have no other way to access their prescription medication, by assisting with its organization and gaining tax exempt status.
North Olmsted Juvenile Diversion Program
Taft performs volunteer magistrate services for the purpose of steering children who have found themselves in trouble back toward a positive life path.
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.
Wesley Community Center
Taft provides free legal services every month at the Wesley Community Center, which serves the West Dayton and Miami Valley, Ohio communities. Taft partner Jeff Swillinger established the Wesley Community Center Free Law Clinic and continues to organize, facilitate and participate in the clinic with volunteer assistance from community attorneys. Jeff recently received the Lloyd O’Hara Public Interest Law Award for his work within the law clinic at the 2013 Access to Justice Awards Gala, presented by Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Legal Aid of Western Ohio and Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project.
Spina Bifida Association of Indiana
Taft advised and assisted SBAIN in its rechartering efforts with the national association, including making the necessary organizational changes to be in compliance with the national requirements. Taft also provides pro bono legal advice to SBAIN’s board of directors concerning tax issues, employment issues and other legal issues as they arise.