State budget should support legal aid


Remarkably, the state of Ohio contributes nothing to legal aid. The Ohio Supreme Court’s Task Force recommended in 2015 that the Ohio General Assembly fund the cost of the 120 legal-aid attorneys and support staff who were laid off because of declining funds.
Op-Ed (Ohio)

Jack D’Aurora
Columbus Dispatch
May 27, 2018
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Tags: Funding: Federal, Funding: State & Local

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society of Columbus, Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


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It’s probably difficult to imagine why those with low incomes would need a lawyer, but low income, in and of itself, generates problems. Seventy-one percent of low-income households have experienced a legal problem in the past year. For households with disabled persons, the percentage jumps to 80 percent; for households with survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault, it jumps to 97 percent. One in four low-income households has experienced six or more legal problems in the past year.