For a domestic violence survivor Lucy Parker,* these words from her legal aid attorney brought comfort in the midst of trauma.
The mother of three young children, Lucy came to legal aid just days after she was released from the hospital. Although her husband had been abusing her for years, the most recent assault required emergency surgery to save her life. She was ready to escape her relationship and file for divorce, and her legal aid lawyer had the right tools to help.
Legal aid got her a divorce, helped her obtain full custody of her children, and secured child support. All along, her legal aid lawyer offered comfort and support, setting Lucy on the path to self-sufficiency and a new life free of fear.
This #GivingTuesday, supporters of Ohio’s legal aids can amplify donations to legal aid through The Columbus Foundation’s “Give Two on #GivingTuesday.”
On Nov. 27, donate $20 or more to two nonprofits listed in The Columbus Foundation’s The Giving Store.
Select the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation, The Legal Aid Society of Columbus, Southeastern Ohio Legal Services, or Advocates for Basic Legal Equality.
Receive a $20 Columbus Foundation Charitable Gift Card, redeemable at any of the 1,000+ organizations listed in The Giving Store.
“#GivingTuesday is a holiday tradition that really matters,” said Angie Lloyd, executive director of the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation. “By donating through The Columbus Foundation, together we can give the gift of justice for all this holiday season.”
The number of pro bono hours provided by attorneys to low-income Ohioans has gone up.
The Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation’s latest voluntary pro bono report says the number of pro bono hours provided by the attorneys who reported has increased by 15 percent, even though fewer lawyers reported pro bono duty.
The Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation (OLAF) Board of Trustees on Thursday installed three new members of the board and welcomed new officers. Joining the board are Judge Howard H. Harcha III, Ann Stirling Bergen and Stuart F. Cubbon.
Is access to legal assistance for low-income Americans important? President Donald Trump doesn’t think so. His 2018 budget proposed eliminating the Legal Services Corporation, an independent nonprofit established during the Nixon administration that provides civil legal aid to low-income Americans.
“We had developed a reputation as an organization that just says no to people,” Executive Director Steven McGarrity said. “Legal Aid for a long time has not been focused on going out into the community. We sort of waited in our offices for the phone to ring.”
Over the past year, attorneys with the nonprofit law firm serving the legal needs of low-income people in central and northeast Ohio have been busy getting out into the community — rather than sitting behind desks waiting for the community to come to them.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced a grant to Cincinnati-based Pro Seniors and Ohio’s legal aids to provide free legal help to older Ohioans, their family members, and individuals concerned about the health, financial stability, safety and security of seniors.
Findlay resident Paul D. Hancock, an attorney retired from Marathon Petroleum Corporation who now volunteers as a pro bono attorney for Legal Aid of Western Ohio, is the recipient of the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation’s (“Foundation”) 2016 Presidential Award for Pro Bono Service. The award was presented last week during the Ohio State Bar Association’s All-Ohio Legal Forum in Cincinnati.
The Presidential Award is presented annually to individuals, law firms or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to improving access to legal representation through pro bono or volunteer service to low-income Ohioans.
After retiring from full time legal work for Marathon Petroleum, Hancock began volunteering for Legal Aid of Western Ohio and in 2015 represented 17 different low-income legal aid clients in family law cases in Hancock, Logan, Lucas and Shelby Counties. In addition to his casework, Hancock also provides brief information and advice to clients at legal aid clinics, and has agreed to volunteer at half of the Hancock County Domestic Relations Divorce Clinics scheduled for 2016.
Melissa LaRocco, Pro Bono Director for Legal Aid of Western Ohio, who nominated Hancock for the award, said in the nomination that Hancock “approaches all his cases with excitement and enthusiasm and treats clients with utmost respect.”
Kathleen M. Trafford, a partner in the Columbus office of law firm Porter Wright and president of the Foundation’s board of trustees, said Hancock is “a perfect example of the good that comes from encouraging retired attorneys to continue with pro bono work.”
Thomas W. Weeks, Executive Director of Ohio State Legal Services Association, is the 2016 recipient of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Bar Medal, the association’s highest honor. The award was presented to Weeks during the association’s All Ohio Legal Forum, held last week in Cincinnati.