The Clearinghouse receives matters from communities, non-profits, and law clinics. Attorneys can in turn search for pro bono opportunities that match with their time availability and legal expertise. The Clearinghouse also acts as a resource to clinics by providing them with a platform to post requests for specific legal expertise, non-legal experts, and local counsel. Submission of a matter or posting of a matter to the Clearinghouse is not a guarantee of representation.
The Clearinghouse is unable to post criminal or non-viable matters. The Clearinghouse is for pro bono representation. This means representation that is free of charge. To qualify for pro bono services, there are several key considerations. The Clearinghouse is for individuals, communities, and non-profits that would not be able secure legal assistance if not for pro bono assistance. The Clearinghouse is not open for the afore mentioned groups who are able but unwilling to pay for legal services.
For communities and non-profit organizations, the Clearinghouse is open to groups that could not achieve their goal if not for the pro bono assistance. Additionally, they must have a mission to serve a public interest, including public health, conservation, preservation, redressing systemic environmental ills, etc.
For individuals, the Clearinghouse is for low-income individuals and people disproportionately affected by environmental issues, often Black, Indigenous, and people of color.
For attorneys, the Clearinghouse is an opportunity to use your expertise in support of local communities.
Attorneys and firms participating in the Clearinghouse may have different guidelines as to what qualifies as pro bono representation. Conversations with individual attorneys or firms will determine if they can or cannot accept certain matters.