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Directory Year: 2022

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP - Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

Pro Bono/Public Interest

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Pro Bono Contact

Pro Bono Contact Name Rodney A. Holaday
Pro Bono Contact Title Partner
Pro Bono Contact Phone 614-464-8356
Pro Bono Contact Email [email protected]
Is the pro bono information indicated here firm-wide or specific to one office? Firm-wide
% Firm Billable Hours last year
Average Hours per Attorney last year 12.41

Pro Bono Participation

Percent of associates participating last year
Percent of partners participating last year
Percent of other lawyers participating last year

Average hours

Average hours per associate last year
Average hours per partner last year
Average hours per other lawyer last year
What percentage of attorneys performed more than 20 hours?
What was the number of actual pro bono hours contributed by the organization in the prior calendar year? 4655
Does the organization maintain a written pro bono policy that sets forth the organization's commitment to pro bono? Yes
How does the organization define what constitutes pro bono legal work?

We have adopted the Pro Bono Institute's definition.

Does the organization set annual goals regarding the minimum number of pro bono hours to be contributed by the organization? No
Does the organization set individual attorney goals regarding the minimum number of pro bono hours to be contributed? No


Is an attorney's commitment to pro bono activity considered a favorable factor in advancement and compensation decisions? Yes
If yes, to what extent? Subjective, additional evaluation marker for both attorney's "firm citizenship" and in advancing goodwill in the community.

Pro bono support services

Are full-time support services (word processing, online research Lexis/Westlaw, out of pocket costs) available for pro bono representation? Yes
If so, are there any limitations?

General rule of reason with input from the pro bono committee.

Are associates provided written evaluations of their work on pro bono matters? Yes
Does the organization employ one or more of the following structures to manage its pro bono program and to provide training and guidance to participating attorneys? (Check all that apply): An attorney who coordinates pro bono projects as an ancillary duty to other work
Pro Bono Committee
How is pro bono work assigned/distributed?

Some projects are assigned by the pro bono committee group; others originate through interested attorneys and are approved by the pro bono committee.

If an attorney is permitted to bring a pro bono case for possible consideration by the firm, who makes decisions about whether the firm will handle the matter? (check all that apply) Pro Bono Committee

Enabling pro bono or public interest work

Does the organization provide any of the following to enable its attorneys to participate in pro bono activities or work in a public interest setting? (Check all that apply): Other
If so please describe


Summer associate pro bono opportunities

Are pro bono opportunities available for summer associates? Yes
Additional comments (Please use this space to provide any additional information about your organization's pro bono program including any special recognition or awards the organization has received for its pro bono work.)


What are some of the areas in which your organization has performed pro bono work in the past year?

Vorys recently launched the Vorys Initiative for Business Empowerment (VIBE), providing legal support for minority-owned businesses at little or no cost. The goal of the program is to make legal services more accessible, thereby empowering minority entrepreneurs and driving positive change in the communities where Vorys has offices.

Additional pro bono representations include: Criminal Justice Act representation; Wills for Heroes; representation of incarcerated individuals concerning violations of constitutional rights; child advocacy; landlord-tenant advocacy; veteran's rights; taxpayer assistance; formation and board procedure and policies advice to nonprofits; homeless projects; guardian ad litem volunteering; visa work for female victims of human trafficking.

Fellowship sponsorship

Does your organization sponsor split public interest summer and/or post-graduate fellowships? Yes
Public Interest Fellowship Comments