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Pro Bono Pilot Project

Good news for Pro Bono volunteers, who will soon be able to earn some CLE credits while doing good work. NPLS has applied to be an Accredited Provider for the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Pro Bono Pilot Project. The program is scheduled to begin January 1, 2019. Once the approval has been complete, volunteer attorneys who handle pro bono cases through NPLS’ project can be eligible for 1 CLE credit for every five hours of pro bono work performed. You can earn up to three (3) credits for each compliance period.

For those who already volunteer, the only change you will see is that as we refer you a pro bono case, we will send an “Affirmation of Service - CLE Request Form” with the packet. When you complete the case and send us the closing information, return that form as well. Please continue to report as the cases are closed, and we can report total pro bono time as it equals at least 5 and up to 15 hours.

These credits will be substantive CLE credits, and must be used during the compliance year, as they will not carry forward. If you are new to volunteering as a pro bono lawyer, we do ask you to send in periodic status reports and a final report on the outcome of the case. Please contact the manager of your local office to find out about volunteer opportunities in your area, or contact Lori Molloy at lmolloy@nplspa.org with questions about the program.

We thank the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania for piloting this program with a goal of expanding volunteer attorney services for the most poor and vulnerable in our community. We especially thank our many pro bono volunteers across Northeast Pennsylvania, who help to ensure access to justice for all. NPLS will be glad to give you CLE credits in return for the work you do, and will also work to provide CLEs in areas of interest to our volunteers. We will update our website when the registration process has been completed.