The Toledo Bar Association's Pro Bono Program provides free legal assistance in NW Ohio through volunteer attorneys and legal clinics.
The Pro Bono Legal Services Program was formed by the Toledo Bar Association in 1981, and because it was the only program of its kind in Ohio, it became the model for Bar-sponsored Pro Bono programs that later followed throughout the state.
Over 30 years later, the Pro Bono Legal Services Program has assisted tens of thousands of local residents with legal issues dealing in Domestic Violence, Divorce, Adoption Proceedings, Probate, and many other types of cases.
The Pro Bono Legal Services Program has two approaches to assisting eligible clients in Lucas County. The first approach is through the sponsoring of free legal clinics in the areas of Divorce, Juvenile matters, and expungements.
These clinics are held bi-weekly at different places throughout the community. These legal clinics have a big impact on the community, as on average, there are 30 or more clients who attend each clinic and are assisted simultaneously by program staff, volunteer attorneys, paralegals and law students.
When a case is more complex, the program is supported by a large network of local attorneys who are more than willing to take clients on a pro bono basis. Hundreds of clients every year are helped by volunteer attorneys.
With the dedicated staff and support of the Toledo Bar Association, the program is successful with very little overhead cost. In fact, despite the program budget remaining steady for the past 5 years, the program has actually increased services by the addition of new clinics and additional caseload – all while receiving numerous awards for outstanding contributions to public service.
Currently, the Pro Bono Legal Services Program receives a limited portion of federal funding through Legal Aid, however with federal budget cuts over the past few years, funds to all legal aid organizations such as the Pro Bono Legal Services Program have significantly decreased.
The Toledo Bar Association Pro Bono Legal Services Program has been successful only from private donations made in the past by association members and the public. And, since the program is locally based, all donations made to the program are kept in Lucas County, and used only to support those members of our community in need of legal assistance in Northwest Ohio.
Please consider a donation today to the Pro Bono Legal Services Program, a proven program that directly impacts the lives of those in need within Northwest Ohio every day.
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