Frequently Asked Questions
Updated: Jul 24, 2019
1) How do I qualify for free legal expertise from Green Pro Bono?
Green Pro Bono matches social enterprises and organizations that focus on solutions to climate change with attorneys who are willing to provide services without charge. The following types of organizations may qualify:
an unincorporated and voluntary association;
a trust, charity or foundation;
a "company not just for profit" such as a social enterprise; and
an entity formed or registered under special NGO or non-profit laws, such as a 501(c)(3).
The Green Pro Bono team will evaluate your organization based on the following criteria:
Mission and size;
Feasibility of mission;
Status of its financing;
Past awards or fellowships;
Anticipated impact on a key problem related to climate change;
Potential to help underprivileged communities; and
Potential to help the developing world address or deal with climate change.
2) How do I obtain free legal help from Green Pro Bono?
To apply for free legal help, you must fill out a Request for Assistance. Once approved, Green Pro Bono will endeavor to find the appropriate law firm or attorney who has the required expertise.
Green Pro Bono will typically contact the law firm's Pro Bono partner, Pro Bono coordinator, pro bono committee member, or the attorney who expressed an interest in Pro Bono climate change work to locate the appropriate attorney.
3) How long does it typically take to find a Pro Bono attorney?
The process can take days or might take much longer depending on the legal complexity involved and the availability of the appropriate attorney. Please feel free to contact Green Pro Bono to inquire about your application at any time.
4) What happens when you locate the attorney to take my case?
When we find the suitable attorney to represent you, he or she will contact you. We will also give you the contact information so you can call or email the attorney directly. The firm may perform a "conflict check" to determine whether they can ethically represent you (e.g. they do not represent a client who may be a competitor or involved in litigation with your organization). The attorney might need additional information from you to do this conflict check. If the attorney tells you that there is a conflict and that they can not represent you, please contact Green Pro Bono so we may find another attorney for you.
5) Are there any costs involved?
While the attorney will donate his or her time, you will likely have to pay costs incurred by the firm such as corporate filing fees, court costs, expert fees and other expenses outside of attorney fees. You should discuss this with your attorney at your initial meeting.