Thomas Weeks

Thomas Weeks serves as the Executive Director of the Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA), which is the umbrella organization that includes The Legal Aid Society of Columbus. Tom has been involved in Legal Aid since his career began. He started out as a Staff Attorney at the Cleveland Legal Aid Society in 1975, managed a neighborhood office for several years, then served as the Director of the Civil Division where he managed a staff of 35-40 attorneys. In 1985, he became the Executive Director of OSLSA. He is responsible for leading Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (SEOLS), which serves 30 counties in Ohio Appalachia  through six offices; the Ohio Poverty Law Center (OPLC), a statewide advocacy organization; and the Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC).

Bar & Court Admissions

•  State of Ohio
•  United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
•  United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
•  United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Bar Activities

•  Chair, Ohio State Bar Association Legal Aid Committee, (1988 – 1991, 2001 – 2003)
•  Member, Ohio State Bar Association Council of Delegates, (2003 – present)

Volunteer and Community Activities

•  Board Member, National Employment Law Project (1994 – present)
•  Member, Ohio Supreme Court Committee on Dispute Resolution (1993 – 2011); Chair, Standards (formerly Legislation and Rules) Subcommittee
•  Member, Ohio Supreme Court Task Force on Pro Se and Indigent Litigants (2004 – 2006)
•  Member, Ohio Legal Needs Assessment Committee (1990 – 1991)
•  Ex-officio Board Member, Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation (1997 – 2007, 2016-present)
•  LSC liaison, Ohio Legal Services State Planning Process (1998 – 2002)
•  Chair, Ohio State Planning Steering Committee (2002 – 2006)
•  Board Member, South Side Settlement House, Columbus (2010 – 2015)

Awards and Recognition

•  Ohio State Bar Foundation, Public or Government Service Award, 2005
•  Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation, Denis Murphy Award, 2005
•  Columbus Bar Association, Award of Merit, 2013
•  Columbus Bar Foundation, President’s Award, 2014
•  Ohio Bar Medal, 2016


•  Oberlin College, Honors (B.A., 1971)
•  University of Michigan Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 1974)


Tom currently lives in Bexley with his wife. He also has two sons and a grandson.

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