The Ohio Access to Justice Foundation
The Ohio Access to Justice Foundation, founded in 1994 as the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation and located in Columbus, is a statewide, nonprofit organization committed to ensuring that civil legal aid is available to all low-income Ohioans. The Foundation’s board is composed of appointees from the Ohio Supreme Court, the executive branch and legislative branch leadership, and leaders from bar associations, law schools and community leaders from around the state. At its core, the Foundation funds lawyers who change lives. The Foundation achieves its mission through the distribution of financial resources generated by the Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) and Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) programs; the monies collected through a civil filing fee surcharge; and by raising additional dollars for civil legal aid. In addition to providing critical dollars to fund civil legal aid throughout Ohio, the Foundation funds Justice for All Fellowships, supports pro bono efforts and Access to Justice initiatives. As a funder, the Foundation also provides oversight to ensure the highest quality of civil legal aid work is being performed around the state.