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Franklin County Self Help Center to Open Soon

Thanks to the Columbus Bar Foundation's Rising Stars, a group of attorneys newly admitted to the practice of law who were asked to think creatively about what might improve access to justice in Franklin County, a self help center will soon open in the Franklin County Hall of Justice.

August 24th, 2015|

New Website To Aid Voter Choice in Judicial Races

On September 1 Ohio voters will gain access to a new online resource for learning about candidates for judicial positions. According to Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, the website,, is a "one stop shop" for voters who may not vote for judges due to a lack of information. Read more here.

August 20th, 2015|

Low Income Households to Get Low Cost Internet Service

As part of its merger with DirectTV, telecommunications giant AT&T has agreed to provide low-cost internet service in parts of Ohio to families receiving food stamps. Read more here.

August 6th, 2015|

Portage County Lawyers Team Up with Judge to Create Pro Bono Clinic

The Portage County Bar Association has teamed up with Domestic Relations Judge Paula C. Giulitto to open a once-monthly domestic relations legal advice clinic intended to help stem the tide of unrepresented litigants in domestic relations cases. Read more here.

August 6th, 2015|

Prime Partner Bank Moving Headquarters to Historic Terminal

Heartland Bank, a Foundation Prime Partner financial institution, is moving its corporate headquarters to the Art Deco-style old Port Columbus terminal and hangar, which went into operation in 1929. Read more about the Heartland Bank move here.

July 29th, 2015|

Summit Report Released

Lawyers and judges convened by the Ohio State Bar Association to analyze the report of the Ohio Supreme Court's Task Force on Access to Justice have recommended a series of steps designed to provide more help to people who cannot afford to hire an attorney. Among the recommendations to the Supreme Court were steps to [...]

July 28th, 2015|

2014 Pro Bono Work Helped Thousands of Ohioans, Report Shows

Attorneys gave a legal voice to thousands of low income and vulnerable Ohioans by providing pro bono legal help in 2014, according to the results of voluntary pro bono reporting, released today by the Ohio Supreme Court. The Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation collaborates with the Supreme Court to collect information information annually on the amount [...]

July 20th, 2015|

Legal Aid Society of Cleveland Executive Director Named to Panel

Legal Aid Society of Cleveland Executive Director, Colleen Cotter, was selected by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson to serve on the city's court-ordered Community Police Commission. Read more here.

July 8th, 2015|

Citizens Bank Introduces New Corporate Purchasing Card Program Tailored to Needs of Ohio Law Firms

Citizens Bank today announced the launch of a new corporate purchasing card program for Ohio law firms that allows firms to have their “cash back” rewards sent directly to the state’s central source of funding for nonprofit legal aid organizations. Participating customers may also be eligible for a premium interest rate paid on Interest on [...]

June 25th, 2015|

Citizens Bank Joins 2015 Prime Partner Financial Institutions

Citizens Bank has joined the 2015 class of Prime Partner financial institutions, the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation announced today. The Foundation created the Prime Partners Program in 2012 to recognize financial institutions offering rates and terms above the minimums required for lawyer and title agent trust accounts, known as IOLTA and IOTA accounts. Interest earned [...]

June 25th, 2015|