April, 2021

New CLE Opportunity: Ohio Record-Sealing Law Change and its Effect on Individuals Impacted by the Criminal Legal System

As part of its racial justice advocacy, Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA), including its direct service civil legal aid programs the Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC) and Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (SEOLS), offers programming for low-income individuals throughout their collective 36 county service area who are navigating these barriers with the goal of obtaining a clean slate or second chance.

On May 17, OSLSA will be conducting a live interactive webinar on the recent changes in Ohio record sealing laws to ensure attorneys are properly equipped to aid low-income clients with record sealing applications. Through the program OSLSA also hopes to raise awareness on new record sealing eligibility criteria.

­­Application was made to the Supreme Court of Ohio for 2.75 hours of CLE credit for the program.

For more details and registration information, visit the link below.

Ohio Record-Sealing Law Change and its Effect on Individuals Impacted by the Criminal Legal System

Marion Eviction Prevention Grant

Thanks to United Way of North Central Ohio, the Marion Eviction Prevention Grant has been made possible. The grant was created to provide Marion residents with rental assistance throughout the pandemic. In order to qualify, you must be a Marion resident. The grant is available to people who have received a 3-day notice about non-payment of rent or utilities or has received court papers for non-payment of rent or utilities. Lastly, qualifying residents cannot be more than three months behind on rent payments.


“We are very thankful to United Way of North Central Ohio for help as we know many of our neighbors could use this critical assistance during the pandemic,” said Staci Thomas, an attorney in LASC’s Marion office.


Those who think they may qualify can reach out to legal aid for more information and assistance at 740-383-2161.

Identity Protection PINs and Filing Tax Returns

People who have identity Protection PINS will need to use them to electronically file their tax returns. If you are having trouble trying to e-file a tax return because you don’t know your Identity Protection PIN, you can contact the IRS for help. Check out our step-by-step guide for accessing your PIN HERE.

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