Jyoshu Tsushima

Professional Biography

Jyoshu Tsushima has been a staff attorney with the housing team at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus since December of 2016. Every morning, he partners with volunteers and pro bono attorneys through the Tenant Advocacy Project (TAP), located at the Franklin County Municipal Court, to provide brief advice or limited representation to tenants facing evictions. Jyoshu is dedicated to improving local communities through educating tenants on how to navigate landlord-tenant law, studying the impact of evictions on urban development, and understanding poverty in relation to housing. Before becoming a staff member, Jyoshu volunteered with LASC where he assisted tenants with recovering wrongfully withheld security deposits, resolving evictions, and addressing other housing issues, leading him to dedicate over 2000 pro bono hours to LASC in 2016.

Bar Admissions and Activities

  • Bar Admission—Ohio (2014)
  • Member, Columbus Bar Association
  • Member, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Central Ohio

Professional Recognition

  • LASC New Attorney Pro Bono Service Award, 2016


  • Iowa State University (B.A., 2009)
  • University of Cincinnati, College of Law (J.D., 2014)

Volunteer and Community Activities

  • Policy Adviser/Tournament Officer, East Central United States Kendo Federation
  • Board Member, Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio


Jyoshu lives downtown Columbus and enjoys kendo (Japanese fencing), cooking, and photography.

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