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 

Pro Bono attorneys meet with individuals to analyze problems, identify community resources, and offer legal advice on a variety of topics.

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 - Greyscale1st 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

YWCA Family Center Brief Advice Clinic

Do you have an interest in helping families in need? The YWCA Family Center is the only emergency family shelter in Columbus. Volunteer attorneys and law students from both OSU Moritz and Capital University meet on-site with shelter residents who seek legal information and advice. The clinics are held on Tuesday evening every three weeks. Note that schedule is not published because clinic is only available to residents of shelter.

Adult Shelter Assistance Project

Many adults experiencing homelessness have a host of legal issues that can prevent them from obtaining housing stability. Through this program, residents of adult emergency shelters in Columbus can receive legal advice and information. Pro Bono attorneys, in groups of two or three, are assigned to a clinic and are assisted onsite by law students who will handle client intake at the following three locations:

  • Van Buren Front Door Shelter – 595 Van Buren Drive, West Columbus (serves single adults and families)
    • 5:30-7:30, 2nd and 4th Monday of each month
  • Faith Mission Shelter – 217 N. Grant (downtown)
    • 5:30-7:30, 4th Wednesday of each month
  • Faith Mission Shelter –  599 East 8th Avenue (near Cleveland Avenue and 8th)
    • 5:30-7:30, 2nd Wednesday of each month

VA Clinic

Volunteer attorneys assist low-income veterans at a weekly brief advice clinic located at the VA Ambulatory Care Center. Clinics take place every Thursday from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Law students can assist with client intake and referral to appropriate veteran organizations.

Brief Service Clinics

Tenant Advocacy Project Clinics 

The Tenant Advocacy Project’s primary objective is to create an unprecedented level of legal advocacy for tenants at the eviction court of Franklin County Municipal Court. TAP features a daily limited-scope clinic every morning, involving non-attorney intake staff, local volunteer attorneys, and an LASC Mentor.

“Clean Slate” Clinics

These monthly clinics are offered for ex-offenders who are transitioning back into society and anxious to address the collateral sanctions resulting from their criminal records. Pro bono attorneys are paired with law student volunteers to assist eligible clients with completing pro se record sealing forms and applications for Certificates of Qualification for Employment. Starting in 2017, clinics will be offered in Columbus every other month.

Paralegal Association of Central Ohio (PACO) Wills Clinics

Through a collaboration with PACO, periodic clinics are held at low-income senior residential facilities (and sometimes at other senior sites), matching volunteer attorneys with law students and paralegals to help clients prepare and execute wills, durable powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney, and living wills.

Bankruptcy Bypass Clinics

“Uncollectable” elderly and permanently disabled clients who contact LASC expressing a desire to end creditor harassment are enrolled in this periodic clinic. Law students meet with clients to verify uncollectability and creditor information. After each clinic, LASC volunteers send letters to the clients’ creditors, with the express purpose of stopping the creditor contact. Experienced bankruptcy practitioners supervise the students and answer questions as needed.

Naturalization Clinics

In July 2015, LASC started hosting its first pro bono brief service Naturalization clinic for Lawful Permanent Residents who have naturalization questions or need assistance with completing paperwork. The clinic is comprised of volunteers from JPMorgan Chase’s Legal Department, Bricker & Eckler, and local immigration attorneys.  Clinics are now offered twice per year.

ANNUAL EVENTS


Central Ohio Homeless Veterans Stand Down

Each year LASC recruits pro bono attorneys to participate in a brief advice clinic at the Central Ohio Homeless Veterans Stand Down. Stand Down is held each October and offers holistic assistance to veterans. The 2017 event will take place on Tuesday, October 17th.

Family Empowerment Day

LASC offers a brief advice clinic at Family Empowerment Day, an August event spearheaded by the Franklin County Child Support Enforcement Agency and community partners. The overall event encourages non-custodial parents to participate in the life of the child and deal with support issues. The 2017 event will take place on Thursday, August 10th.

Tax Court Calendar Call

Pro bono tax attorneys participate in the U.S. Tax Court Calendar Call in Columbus. Attorneys assist low-income, unrepresented taxpayers to resolve their tax issues by offering advice to petitioners or negotiating with IRS Counsel as part of a Tax Court sponsored effort to address the high numbers of unrepresented litigants. Volunteers are not required to enter an appearance or provide ongoing representation.

 

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