The Columbus Bar Association and the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation note that central Ohio attorneys in solo practice, small firms, or larger firms have many options available to them to fit pro bono work into their schedule. Read more here.
In a Mansfield News Journal article on the impact of The Great Recession on the legal field, civil legal aid is cited as an available option for low-income Ohioans seeking civil legal help. Dinsmore partner and Ohio Legal Services Association Board President, Thomas J. Bonasera, adds that despite the increased need for civil legal assistance that has resulted from the Great Recession, funding for civil legal aid remains low. Read more here.
Attorneys employed by corporations and not admitted to the full practice of law in Ohio may now also do pro bono work for clients of qualified legal aid organizations. Rule changes authorizing the pro bono work go into effect on April 1. Read more here.
Community Legal Aid Services’ Managing Attorney Marie Curry is leading the Health in All Policies community initiative in Summit County to raise awareness of the many factors that affect residents’ overall wellness. Read more here.
In response to a recent Columbus Dispatch series on financial abuse of seniors, Pro Seniors, Inc. Executive Director Ms. Rhonda Moore explains the legal resources Pro Seniors provides to seniors across Ohio. Read more here.
Janet Hales is the new Director of the Ohio Poverty Law Center, and will begin work there April 7. Ms. Hales is currently the Advocacy Director for Legal Aid of Western Ohio, and was a trial attorney in Toledo prior to joining legal aid. Read more here.
The Legal Aid Society of Columbus helps women with children remove barriers to employment so they may continue to support their families. Read more here.
As National Consumer Protection Week, coordinated by the Federal Trade Commission to help protect consumers from financial exploitation and abuse, is observed nationally from March 1 to March 7, Ohio Veterans Legal Corps (VLC) lawyers work to protect low income and vulnerable veterans from scams and predators.
In Licking County, veteran “Charles Lake”, a pseudonym used to protect his privacy, thought he had been cheated out of his money and would never get it back.
Mr. Lake took his truck to a mechanic who tried to scam him by charging him for work he had not authorized. When Mr. Lake refused to pay for the additional work, the mechanic told Mr. Lake he would not return his truck. Mr. Lake paid for the repairs, and then contacted legal aid for help.
Robert Abdalla, a VLC lawyer at Southeastern Ohio Legal Services in Newark, is one of seven Ohio VLC lawyers who represent veterans caught up in financial problems or scams. Abdalla sued the mechanic and got Mr. Lake’s money back.
“Veterans are in need of significant legal assistance especially in the area of consumer protection,” said Angela Lloyd, executive director for the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation, which provides funding for the VLC fellowships. “During this National Consumer Protection Week, in addition to recognizing the great work of the VLC fellows, we also hope to raise the visibility of the VLC so low-income veterans know that the VLC is there to protect them.”