Lawyers for Justice (LFJ) is a program of the Columbus Bar Association and the Columbus Bar Foundation that was initiated in 1993. It attempts to reduce the unmet need for civil legal services among indigent residents of Central Ohio. Attorneys can volunteer for two cases or 20 hours each year to provide civil legal services for low income clients in various areas, including administrative law, bankruptcy, consumer, non-profit corporations, landlord/tenant, personal injury, wills, powers of attorney, etc.
Referred cases are limited to finite, narrow legal problems that are screened by Columbus Bar staff prior to referral. Volunteers are requested to accept either 2 referrals each year or to spend up to 20 hours each year on LFJ referrals. Entire law firms or legal departments can also commit to LFJ by providing a primary contact within the firm and agreeing to provide a certain number of hours to LJF on an annual basis.
Types of Cases
LFJ projects involve a number of different areas of the law. Volunteer attorneys can request to receive referrals in any number of areas:
Referred clients are not charged by LFJ or the volunteer attorney. Any court costs, filing fees, etc. remain the client's responsibility.
LFJ only refers clients that meet certain income restrictions. (In other words, depending upon the number of members in a household, clients must have income between $16,612-$42,844 and have less than $2,000 in liquid assets.) Malpractice Insurance is provided at no charge by LFJ to volunteer attorneys to cover clients referred by LFJ.
Interested volunteers should contact She'lia Bolding at 614/221.4112 or e-mail She'lia Bolding.