Pro Bono Director

At Taft, we work as one team, driven and committed to helping our clients succeed. A full-service law firm with approximately 600 attorneys and over 1,000 total on our team, we have the collaborative approach, advanced technological resources, and depth of services that make us a preeminent law firm in the Midwest.

We are looking for an energetic and self-reliant Pro Bono Director with experience to join our team in any of Taft’s seven main offices.

We are seeking a Pro Bono Director with 3-5 years’ experience in practice, as well as a demonstrated commitment to providing legal services to those in need. The Pro Bono Director could be based in our Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Indianapolis, or Minneapolis office. The Pro Bono Director will help to maximize ways for Taft attorneys to provide pro bono legal services in a manner that is consistent with Taft’s commitment to improving the communities it serves, and that enhances the personal and professional development objectives of Taft’s attorneys and professionals.

Essential Duties:

Direct and Coordinate Pro Bono Activity and Initiatives

  • Work with the Pro Bono Committee to coordinate and refine the firm’s pro bono efforts with the firm’s strategic goals. This includes developing opportunities for pro bono work that complements client goals, attorney development, community needs, attorney interests, and community service activities.
  • Meet with attorneys to increase their pro bono activity, and find pro bono opportunities that match with attorneys’ skills development and business development goals.
  • Recruit attorneys to staff legal clinics and programs to which the firm has committed; supervise Legal Administrative Assistant in maintaining calendars of the same.
  • Assist attorneys as needed with questions about Taft’s pro bono programs and systems.
  • Lead pro bono orientation for new attorneys and summer associates.
  • Coordinate pro bono training events that occur at the firm.
  • Ensure that attorneys are provided with the necessary training to handle pro bono matters and communicate opportunities for pro bono training to attorneys.
  • Attend meetings of the Pro Bono Committee, assist with gathering data for the same, and implement the committee’s decisions.

Pro Bono Administration

  • Establish systems for administering pro bono work that integrate with Taft’s other administrative systems.
  • Assist attorneys with opening new pro bono matters. Review all pro bono matters as they are opened, and ensure they comply with Taft’s Pro Bono Policy.
  • Serve as the primary contact for external requests asking Taft to do pro bono work. 
  • Analyze and screen incoming requests for pro bono work and refer as appropriate to attorneys based on their interests, availability, and professional development goals. 
  • Supervise responses to unsolicited “cold calls” seeking pro bono assistance.
  • Manage the Pro Bono Committee’s budget, which includes the firm’s giving to legal aid providers.
  • Assist as appropriate with pro bono reporting requirements, including pro bono hours performed by attorneys and legal aid giving by the firm and attorneys.

Internal Marketing

  • Organize annual pro bono event and annual pro bono awards.
  • Develop and maintain pro bono-related content for the firm's internal portal.
  • Develop and maintain pro bono-related content for the firm’s internal communications.
  • Maintain archive of pro bono successes and stories.

External Marketing and Outreach

  • Develop and maintain pro bono-related content for the firm website.
  • Serve as a liaison to legal service providers, courts, bar associations, and related community organizations.
  • When possible, attend fundraising and other events for legal service providers.
  • Assist Pro Bono Committee with nominating the firm, its members, and others for pro bono-related recognitions.
  • Meet with pro bono professionals in the communities served by the firm.
  • As needed, gather information re: pro bono for requests for proposals and other communications to clients or prospective clients

Requirements:

  • 3-5 years of prior experience in a large law firm environment, or analogous in-house environment, is strongly encouraged.
  • Bachelor’s degree and J.D. required.
  • License to practice law in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, or Ohio strongly encouraged.
  • Ability to motivate others, lead projects, work in a team environment, and take initiative.
  • Ability to work efficiently within a fast-paced law firm environment and understand how pro bono activity fits into law firm goals.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work productively with people of varied backgrounds and interests, most importantly Taft’s attorneys and pro bono clients.
  • Familiarity with legal resources available for low-income individuals and communities.
  • Ability to be discreet, maintain confidential information, and use sound judgment.
  • Self-starter who can work with limited supervision.
  • Working knowledge of programs such as Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and internet resources.

Interested candidates should apply to Alycen Cummings, acummings@taftlaw.com.


Taft is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. The information in this posting presents general duties, tasks and responsibilities but is not intended to be an exhaustive listing.