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PRO BONO COMMITTEE


Pro BONO Committee HISTORY?

In 2010, PACO’s Pro Bono Committee launched its own effort, the PACO / LASC Pro Bono Wills Clinics. We have collaborated with LASC, and work alongside attorneys at these events. Paralegals actually prepare estate planning documents for senior citizens, on site at their residential facilities across Central Ohio.


WHAT WE DO :

Members of PACO’s Pro Bono Committee participate in a variety of opportunities to assist attorneys in providing legal services to individuals and groups of people who cannot afford to retain private counsel. PACO paralegals volunteer at local area Brief-Advice Clinics, at which they meet with clients and conduct interviews, noting general information about their legal concerns so that attorneys can then meet individually with each client and not have to ask those introductory questions. This provides paralegals with hands-on involvement by interacting with clients and different areas of law ranging from domestic/family law issues, criminal and record expungement, landlord/tenant disputes, mortgage foreclosure challenges, bankruptcy, immigration, and other questions. These Brief-Advice Clinics are all administered by the Legal Aid Society of Columbus (“LASC”), and PACO’s paralegal members are welcome and encouraged to participate.

THE WILLS CLINIC 

An award-winning program that has been recognized locally and nationally. In 2020, PACO’s Pro Bono Committee received a $5,000 grant with which to purchase new laptop computers and printers for use exclusively at the Wills Clinics in providing our services.

INTERESTED? : 

Learn more about PACO’s Pro Bono Committee and how to become involved.


CONTACT US


RECOGNITION :

2017 & 2019 - National Federation of Paralegal Associations 
Association Pro Bono Award for outstanding dedication and service in Pro Bono Service.


Questions about PACO? : president@pacoparalegals.org

Mailing Address :
P.O. Box 1582
Columbus, Ohio 43216-1582

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