The Court's Pro Bono Collaborative met on Friday, July 21, 2023.
The Pro Bono Program provides help in civil matters to defendants who are facing criminal charges in the Court. Many of the clients are currently on one of the Court's specialty dockets. Attorneys volunteer their time to help with matters such as housing, child custody, and finances.
The Pro Bono Program got its start when Judge Joan Synenberg noticed that clients in the Recovery Court needed legal help with legal issues beyond their criminal charges. The Court hired a coordinator for the program through a grant from the Nord Family Foundation.
Dozens of clients and volunteer attorneys had a chance to sit down and work through issues they may be facing.
The program received the Ohio State Bar Association's 2019 Innovative Court Programs and Practices Award. The next Pro Bono Collaborative session will be held on Friday, August 25, and registration is required ahead of time.