Earn CLE Credits for Pro Bono Work
In recognition of the importance of pro bono service, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently created a pilot program under which attorneys can receive substantive CLE credits for their pro bono service with certain public interest legal services organizations. VIP was selected as a participating organization for the pilot program. As a result, after closing a VIP case, VIP volunteers can receive up to three free substantive CLE credits per compliance period after the close.
Once you complete work on your VIP case, complete this request form and send it to Joe Durkin, Program Manager.
Attend a Practice Group
Recognizing the power in numbers, VIP facilitates practice groups — regular meetings of volunteers with cases in similar subject areas — to compare strategies, share experiences, and troubleshoot challenges. Multiple local law firms have VIP-related practice groups, and a Family Law practice group meets in VIP’s office monthly. We are at the ready to connect you with other existing practice groups, or to support you in establishing a practice group at your own workplace. Contact us to learn more.
Explore our Resource Library
VIP maintains an extensive library of documents you may need in the course of handling a pro bono case. From in-depth subject area manuals, to recorded CLE trainings, to sample pleadings and other court forms, these compiled resources are valuable tools in your pro bono representation of VIP clients.
On our Resource Library page, you can sort by subject area and resource type (or, if you know the file name, enter it into the keyword search bar) to find the guidance you need.
Join the Philadelphia Bar Association
VIP is proud to have been founded within — and, decades later, to remain the pro bono arm of — the Philadelphia Bar Association.
As a Bar Association member, you’ll enjoy a wide range of benefits that will help you grow and thrive in your legal practice. Connect with fellow professionals by joining one of the Bar Association’s 100-plus committees or by attending one of its networking events; keep yourself and your employees secure with discounted insurance coverage; and seek guidance on ethical questions from the Bar Association’s Ethics Hotline. A full list of benefits is available here.
Ready to join this vibrant community of Philadelphia attorneys? Fill out an application here.