Information for Attorney Volunteers
The SBLC’s Pro Bono Project is an Oregon State Bar certified pro bono program. Around 300 attorneys have volunteered through our Pro Bono Project since in September 2006.
Clients meet one-on-one with business attorneys who specialize in various areas of corporate law. The SBLC matches attorneys with clients needing services within the attorney’s area of expertise.
Pro Bono Project is two Fridays and one Tuesday evening project each month. Business attorneys from around Oregon volunteer to meet with clients who are pre-screened for financial eligibility. Conflict checks are run by the attorney prior to meeting with the client.
Typically, attorneys meet with one or two clients. At the end of the initial meeting, attorneys choose to sign either a full representation agreement or a consultation only agreement. Attorneys are sometimes able to resolve the matter during the one hour session.
Attorney Volunteers are required to complete the Access to Justice CLE, Building Trust Across Difference; Racial Realities and How They Impact the Attorney-Client Relationship soon after they start volunteering. This is offered through the SBLC.
Due to grant restrictions, we are only able to help for-profit businesses through this program.
Upcoming Pro Bono Project Dates
- October 25th
- November 8th
- November 22nd
- December 13th
Attorneys, please contact Julieanna Elegant, Executive Director, 503-768 6947, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use the Closing Form above once an attorney has completed a matter.
More dates to come in 2020
Other Ways to Volunteer
- Mentor attorneys or students who have specific questions matching your expertise
- Speak at a Friday student seminar
- Speak at an educational seminar for the community
Clients may fill out the client intake form or call the general number, 503-768-6940, if they have questions.