• Pro Bono

    Posted on January 4th, 2011

    Written by Bryan

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    I spent this morning as a volunteer attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Columbus in their Pro Bono Tenant Advocacy Project. In my practice, I more commonly represent landlords, but I did not have any qualms about switching sides of the table today. When the parties left the courthouse today I believe everyone was better off, and I hope that I was able to help achieve that success. The tenants are able to remain in their home, and the landlord will get paid rent that has become past due. I think everyone was happy, and hoping that the relationship will continue to be a positive one.

    I know many attorneys like to advertise that they only represent defendants or plaintiffs, and I can understand how that is appealingĀ to a potential client. If I am trying to hire an attorney, I certainly would like to hire someone with a lot of experience in a given area of the law. However, I do not think that there is any disadvantage to having an attorney who has experience with cases on the other side of the table.

    By representing parties on both sides of an issue, you can learn how to better mediate disputes, and help your client to understand why the other side has taken a particular action.

    What do you think?

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