Pro Bono Clinics

Brief Advice and Brief Service Clinics

We know you can’t always commit time during business hours but you can still contribute in very important ways! LASC offers many “limited scope pro bono” opportunities. Complete a Pro Bono Application to learn more!

Homeless Veterans Stand Down Clinic 2015

Brief Advice Clinics

Monthly Brief Advice and Referral Clinics 

Legal Aid works with community partners to offer brief advice clinics. Interested attorneys should note their interest and availability by completing an online virtual clinic application. For 2020 and the foreseeable future, nearly all advice clinics will be “virtual,” which will involve pre-established clinic times, during which volunteers will call and advise pre-screened clients.

Average Hours per Clinic: 1-3
Participation Based on Attorney Preference
Limited Engagement Only
Ideal For: Transactional and Government Attorneys; Attorneys who cannot commit time to full case representation
Online Training and Attorney Toolkits Available
COVID Protocols: All clinics are virtual for foreseeable future; No in-person contact necessary

LASC sponsors monthly legal clinics for low-income individuals in Franklin and Madison Counties.  Don’t live in Columbus? For a list of clinics sponsored by  Southeastern Ohio Legal Services, contact Melissa Will at .

First Church of God Clinic - 10-13-2015 - Greyscale

  • 1st Monday of the month – Jewish Family Services – 1070 College Avenue
  • 1st Wednesday of the month – Bhutanese Nepali Community of Columbus – 4646 Tamarack Blvd., North Columbus
  • 1st Thursday of the month – Broad Street United Methodist Church – 501 E. Broad St., Downtown Columbus
  • 2nd Tuesday of the month – First Church of God – 3480 Refugee Rd., Southeast Columbus
  • 2nd Thursday of the month – Hilltop Crossroads United Methodist – 1100 South Hague Ave., West Columbus
  • 3rd Tuesday of the month – Serving our Neighbors (SON) Ministries at UALC The Church at Mill Run, 3500 Mill Run Dr., Hilliard
  • 3rd Tuesday of the month – Madison County Job & Family Services – 200 Midway Street, London, Ohio
  • 3rd Thursday of the month – Broad Street Presbyterian Church – 760 East Broad St., Downtown
  • 4th Monday of the month – New Salem Baptist Church –  2956 Cleveland Ave., North Columbus
  • 4th Wednesday of the month – Mt. Olivet Baptist Church – 428 E. Main St., Downtown
  • 4th Thursday of the month – First English Lutheran Church- 1015 E. Main St., Near East

Homeless Shelter Advice Clinics

Legal Aid offers on-site brief advice clinics for residents at the YWCA Family Center, Van Buren Adult and Family Shelters, and the Faith Mission Shelters downtown and on E 8th Avenue, which are emergency family and single adult shelters in Columbus.

Note: Clinics are virtual for foreseeable future but will resume when conditions are safe for residents and volunteers.

Brief Advice Clinics

Legal Aid sponsors monthly advice clinics. Attorney volunteers meet with individuals to analyze problems, identify community resources, and offer legal advice on a variety of topics. Co-sponsors (and sites, when in- person clinics resume) include churches, Job & Family Services, public libraries, community centers, VA facilities, and courts. Evening and daytime options are available.

Divorce Clinics

Legal Aid offers clinics for individuals filing or responding to divorces. Pro se videos are available to guide clients through Supreme Court forms, and volunteer lawyers provide advice to pro se litigants.

Driver’s License Reinstatement Clinics

In partnership with local courts and clerks’ offices, Job & Family Services, Child Support Enforcement Agencies, and the Ohio BMV, Legal Aid will be offering special clinics focused on license reinstatement. Information for 2021 clinics will be made available upon request.

Brief Service Clinics

Average Hours per Clinic: 2-4
Participation Based on Attorney Preference
Limited Engagement Only; Co-Counseling Available
Ideal For: All Attorneys; Attorneys who cannot commit time to full case representation Recorded CLEs, Attorney Toolkits, and Onsite Mentors Available as Needed

Tenant Advocacy Project Clinics 

Legal Aid offers several court-based clinics for tenants with eviction hearings in Franklin, Delaware, and Fairfield counties. Attorneys handle eviction hearings or negotiate resolutions, including drafting agreed entries. For the majority of cases, in-person representation is necessary, although Legal Aid is exploring virtual hearing possibilities. Court-mandated social distancing, mask wearing, and other safety precautions are in place.

“Clean Slate” Clinics

Recurring clinics are offered for individuals transitioning back into their communities who wish to address the collateral sanctions of their criminal records. Attorneys assist eligible clients with completing pro se record sealing forms and online applications for Certificates of Qualification for Employment (CQE).

COVID Protocols: In-person clinics are currently on hold. Periodic virtual events and 1:1 referrals are available, involving no in- person contact.

 PACO Wills Clinics

Note: In-person clinics are currently on hold due to COVID restrictions. In partnership with the Paralegal Association of Central Ohio, Legal Aid sponsors evening clinics at senior residential facilities to help clients prepare wills and advance directives.

Bankruptcy Bypass Clinics

Note: In-person clinics are currently on hold due to COVID restrictions. “Uncollectable” elderly and disabled clients who seek an end to creditor harassment are enrolled in this bi- monthly evening clinic. Non-attorneys meet with clients to verify uncollectability and creditor information. Legal Aid then sends letters to creditors, with the purpose of stopping creditor or debt collector contact. Bankruptcy attorneys supervise students and answer questions.

Naturalization Clinics

In collaboration with community and bar partners, Legal Aid hosts a bi-annual Naturalization clinic for Lawful Permanent Residents who need help completing Naturalization applications.

COVID Protocols: Naturalization clients are referred for remote assistance on a 1:1 referral basis until in-person clinics resume.

ANNUAL EVENTS


Central Ohio Homeless Veterans Stand Down

LASC coordinates a pro bono brief advice clinic at the Central Ohio Homeless Veterans Stand Down. Stand Down is held each October and offers holistic assistance to vulnerable veterans.

Family Empowerment Day

LASC offers a general brief advice clinic at this summer event spearheaded by the Franklin County Child Support Enforcement Agency. The event encourages non-custodial parents to participate in the lives of their children.

Tax Court Calendar Call

Pro bono attorneys who participate in the U.S. Tax Court Calendar Call in Columbus help low-income, unrepresented taxpayers resolve their tax issues by offering advice to petitioners or negotiating with IRS Counsel.

Corporate Days of Service

In-house counsel groups from local corporations partner with Legal Aid to offer one-day trainings combined with pro bono clinics. Topics include Naturalization, Record-sealing, and Wills.

OTHER PRO BONO OPPORTUNITIES

Pro Bono Mentoring: Legal Aid benefits greatly from experienced attorneys willing to assist new practitioners.

Impact Litigation Referrals: Firms partner with Legal Aid on larger-scale affirmative cases that have the potential to benefit a large number of low-income individuals.

“In-House” Volunteer Opportunities: LASC and SEOLS welcome volunteer attorneys who are willing to support the work of our teams by committing to a regular schedule during business hours for at least three months. This is an excellent opportunity for new lawyers to gain skills under the supervision of an experienced attorney while working part-time elsewhere or job-searching. Retired attorneys are also encouraged to consider joining the Volunteer Resource Center for a weekly 3-hour shift.

 

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