April 16, 2010
New Pro Bono Program for Low-Income Consumers
Volunteer lawyers are needed to assist the ever-growing numbers of pro se litigants who have a pressing need for legal assistance on a host of consumer law issues, particularly consumer debt. These cases can be overwhelming for pro se litigants and because they cannot afford an attorney, many people remain unaware of their rights, obligations, and options regarding outstanding debts.
The Columbus Bar has partnered with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus to launch a new pro bono initiative – the Consumer Assistance Project – to provide legal assistance for low income individuals faced with consumer debt.
Whether providing educational seminars or individualized counseling, the new Consumer Assistance Project is an innovative limited assistance free monthly clinic in which trained pro bono attorneys will be available to educate and work with consumers, helping them to best represent themselves as they navigate the litigation process.
Volunteering as a pro bono attorney at the Consumer Assistance Project is an excellent way to make a difference and acquire new skills. Unless you choose to provide full pro bono representation, your commitment is limited to two hours and no client follow up is required. As a volunteer, attorneys with expertise in consumer issues are available to mentor and assist you. Legal malpractice insurance is provided through Columbus Legal Aid.
Consumer Assistance is held every Tuesday afternoon, 3 until 5, at Columbus Legal Aid.
To sign up as a volunteer, call Jackie Gutter, Columbus Legal Aid at 224.8374.