Access to Justice Summit Report Released

Lawyers and judges convened by the Ohio State Bar Association to analyze the report of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Task Force on Access to Justice have recommended a series of steps designed to provide more help to people who cannot afford to hire an attorney.

Among the recommendations to the Supreme Court were steps to make access to an attorney more affordable; to increase the number of attorneys willing to do pro bono work; and to increase the amount of funding committed to legal aids that provide representation in civil cases for low-income Ohioans. Summit participants also encouraged development of plain-language instructions for filling out legal forms and self-help kiosks to be located in courthouses.

Read the complete final report of the Access to Justice Summit here. 

2014 Pro Bono Work Helped Thousands of Ohioans, Report Shows

Attorneys gave a legal voice to thousands of low-income and vulnerable Ohioans by providing pro bono legal help in 2014, according to the results of voluntary pro bono reporting, released today by the Ohio Supreme Court. The Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation collaborates with the Supreme Court to collect information information annually on the amount of pro bono work performed by Ohio attorneys.

Read more here.