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.
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.
Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor
Taft regularly represents clients of limited means in the Cincinnati area in civil matters referred by the Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor. We have assisted these clients with evictions and damage claims, wage disputes, consumer violations, estate planning and probating estates.
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.
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.
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.
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.