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Overview of Program

Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) created the Pro Bono Program in 2006 to improve our ability to meet the ever growing and diverse needs of our client communities by involving private attorneys, law students, and paralegals in providing access to justice for our clients.  LAWO’s Pro Bono Program, formally known as Private Attorney Involvement, has a director and two part-time paralegals working under the direct supervision of LAWO’s Director of Advocacy.  It covers 25 of the 32 counties in LAWO’s service area. LAWO also provides funding for the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyer’s Project, which covers six Miami Valley counties, and the Toledo Bar Association (TBA) Pro Bono Legal Services Program, which covers Lucas County.

LAWO offers various events for pro bono attorneys, include Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credit courses, other trainings, clinics, and pro bono celebrations. Most of the CLE and other trainings are free to our volunteer attorneys. More information is available under Clinics & Events.

Clinics & Event Calendar

Choose clinic type or county in the drop down menu at top right of the calendar; all events are shown by default.

"One of the major elements of the Rule of Law is access to civil justice. The Rule of Law index ranked the United States 94th out of 113 countries in the protection of this essential element. Serving the needs of those who would otherwise not have access to legal representation is the lifeblood in moving the needle in a positive direction toward the protection of the Rule of Law in our communities and our Country. I take continual pride in my role as a protector of this vital principle of governance through my Pro Bono service." 

Jean M. Steigerwald, Esquire, Co-chair, LexisNexis Pro Bono Task Force

“I was fortunate enough to do work with LAWO, I was exposed to cases ranging from child custody to divorce, to consumer law. My time volunteering for LAWO confirmed my desire and commitment to entere into public interest law. From day one, I was able to take on cases that left me feeling as if I was changing someone’s life.”

Jessica Simon, Graduate of Ohio Northern Pettit College of Law, Equal Justice Works Fellowship Americorps Fellow, Attorney with New York State Family Security Project