The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland are participating in the annual "National Pro Bono Week" by providing free legal services.
Pro bono legal services address a wide assortment of common legal problems, such as divorce, home/tenant issues, tax, unemployment, homelessness, expunging records, etc.
The biggest challenges facing people who need but can't afford legal services are for foreclosure, bankruptcy and child custody.
Some National Pro Bono events require calling for an appointment, some are "first come, first served." Below are just some of the events. For a complete overall listing, click here.
For just The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland events, click here
You can reach The Legal Aid Society by calling toll-free (888) 817-3777.
- Brief Advice & Referral Clinic at the Chardon United Methodist Church 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 515 North Street, Chardon
- Brief Advice & Referral Clinic at the American Legion Conneaut at 272 Broad Street in Conneaut 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Brief Advice & Referral Clinic at the El Barrio on Cleveland's west side at 5209 Detroit Avenue 5 p.m to 7 p.m.
- Domestic Relations Court walk-though, followed by a working clinic where attorneys will assist pro se litigants in completing court forms, Justice Center in Cleveland, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Homeless Legal Assistance from 10 a.m. to noon at the West Side Catholic Center at 3135 Lorain Avenue
- Elder Law Clinic from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oberlin Senior Center at 90 E. College Street
- Expungement Clinic from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland at 1223 West Sixth Street in Cleveland.
- Cleveland Homeless Legal Assistance Program Intake Clinic at the Norma Herr Center at 2227 Payne Avenue 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (for shelter residents)
- Cleveland Homeless Legal Assistance Program at the Bishop Cosgrove Center, 1736 Superior Avenue in Cleveland 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Founded in 1905, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland is the fifth oldest legal aid organization in the United States. Legal Aid's 55 staff attorneys, 90 staff members, and 1,400 volunteer lawyers ensure access to justice for low income people.
Legal Aid has four offices and serves clients in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain counties in Cleveland, Elyria, Jefferson and Painesville.