Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA)
OSLSA is a nonprofit law firm founded in 1966 by the Ohio State Bar Association. It has two direct service components (Southeastern Ohio Legal Services and the Legal Aid Society of Columbus) and an advocacy and support component (the Ohio Poverty Law Center).
OSLSA's administrative offices and the Ohio Poverty Law Center are located at 555 Buttles Avenue in Columbus. The Legal Aid Society of Columbus is located at 1108 City Park in Columbus. Direct service offices are also located throughout central and southeastern Ohio, covering 36 counties.
Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (SEOLS) and the Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC) provide free legal representation to low-income clients in a number of civil legal problems. SEOLS and LASC do not provide criminal defense representation. They handle public benefits, housing, unemployment compensation, family, consumer, education, employment, health and other matters. For more information, go to www.seols.org and www.columbuslegalaid.org.
The Ohio Poverty Law Center (OPLC) provides assistance to the staff of legal services offices in the six legal services regions in Ohio through policy advocacy, litigation support, training, specialty assistance and consulting, task forces, publications, and other activities. OPLC manages the content on the Ohio Statewide Legal Services website.
OSLSA is governed by a 28-member board of trustees, which includes client-eligible and attorney members.
OSLSA is committed to searching out the patterns, causes, and solutions of the recurring and fundamental legal problems facing its client community, and seeking legal recourse necessary to redress the grievances of its clients, both as a community and as individuals.