About the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation

Description of image The Foundation was established in 1994 to fund and to enhance civil legal aid for Ohioans. The Foundation uses no general revenue funds, but instead utilizes dollars earned from the interest on lawyers trust accounts, the interest on title agent trust accounts, and a civil filing fee surcharge to ensure that Ohioans have access to justice regardless of their income. The Foundation funds lawyers who change lives for veterans, children, victims of domestic violence, and people facing foreclosure. Through the work of the Foundation, all Ohioans have access to legal information, advice and representation.

Our Mission

The Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation is committed to improving access to justice and ensuring that legal aid societies and other resources, programs and services address the unmet civil legal needs of low-income and underserved Ohioans.

Our History

The Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation is a charitable, tax exempt foundation established in the mid 1990's through legislation adopted by the Ohio General Assembly. Its purpose, as outlined in the legislation, is to provide financial assistance to legal aids and to enhance or improve the delivery of civil legal services to indigents. For more information about Ohio Legal Aid, visit: ohiolegalaid.org

Our Board

The Foundation board consists of six appointees chosen by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio, plus individual appointees chosen by the Governor, the Attorney General, the Treasurer, the Public Defender, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Senate President. Appointed board members choose additional at large members.

The board roster is here.