February 6, 2013
Interfaith Legal Clinics: Volunteer and Make a Difference
~ written by She’lia Bolding, Lawyers for Justice Coordinator
The Interfaith free legal clinics in the Columbus area have grown steady since their beginning in 1999. With a recent opening in north Columbus, there are now nine clinics that operate on multiple days of the week each month for approximately two hours each evening.
We want to welcome and thank New Salem Baptist church – Gye Nyame Center located at 2830 Cleveland Avenue – for graciously opening their doors to the community in January. Each of the clinics provides brief advice to those who have legal issues and, in many cases, other assistance.
For those who work but have low income or those who have no work, hiring an attorney to answer questions concerning a legal issue – or whether or not there is a legal issue – is not an option. Well, these clinics do just that. They provide legal the advice and kindheartedness that so many people need today.
The Gye Nyame Center clinic is currently staffed by four attorneys and one paralegal, Coordinator Professor Vincene Verdun-Cox Esq, , attorneys Jocelyn Armstrong, Lynda Taylor, Tanya Askew, and paralegal Myra Conley.
Every clinic needs attorney volunteers that practice in areas of landlord tenant, domestic, criminal, unemployment benefits, public benefits, and estate planning. For those who volunteer, the Columbus Bar and the Legal Aid Society offer free CLE, announced throughout the year.
The CBA would like to thank everyone who volunteers at the clinics and encourage others to join the effort. Help make a difference and call today, She’lia Bolding, Pro Bono Coordinator, 614/221.4112.
Pictured: Conley, Askew, Taylor, Armstrong, and Verdun-Cox
Interfaith Clinic Schedule
1st Monday of the month (5pm -7:30pm)
Vineyard Church, 6000 Cooper Road, Far North Westerville, 43085
1st Thursday of the month (5:30pm - 7:30pm)
United Methodist Church, 501 E. Broad St., Downtown Columbus 43205
2nd Monday of the month (6pm - 7:30pm)
Christian Assembly, 4099 Karl Road, North Columbus 43224
2nd Tuesday of the month (5:30pm - 7:30pm)
First Church of God, 3480 Refugee Road, Southeast Columbus 43227
2nd Thursday of the month (5:30 - 7:30pm)
The Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone, 1100 Hague Avenue, West Columbus 43204
3rd Tuesday of the month (5:30pm -7:30pm)
UALC The Church at Mill Run 3500 Mill Run Drive, Hilliard OH 43026
3rd Thursday of the month (5:30pm -7:30pm)
Broad Street Presbyterian Church, 760 East Broad Street 43205
4th Monday of the month (5:30 pm - 7:30pm)
New Salem Baptist Church / Gye Nyame Center 2830 Cleveland Avenue 43211
4th Wednesday of the month (5:30pm - 7:30pm)
Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 428 E. Main St., Near Downtown Columbus 43205