Acts of Kindness: Groups raise funds to provide legal services for people in poverty

For the next few months, three legal organizations in Toledo will raise money so they can continue helping people who can’t afford an attorney for civil matters.

News Story (Ohio)

Kate Snyder
Toledo Blade
December 1, 2019

Tags: Access to Justice

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid of Western Ohio (LAWO), Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE) (Ohio)


Each of the groups provides civil legal needs of people in poverty. Some of the most common issues that attorneys handle involve driver’s license reinstatement, divorce, or landlord-tenant disputes. But attorneys represent people in a wide range of civil cases.

“We also do a lot of clinics within different areas of need in the community,” Mr. Lagusch said.

In 2019, lawyers assisted with 130 divorce cases and 649 juvenile cases, among others, in TBA clinics. Additionally, 545 clients were assisted in a driver’s license clinic and $235,674 in fines was waived by Ohio BMV or courts to assist clients with reinstating or obtaining their driver’s license.