July 16, 2014
Volunteers Expand Legal Aid Staff Capacity During Summer
The loss of staff due to years of reduced funding has had a great impact on the ability of the Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC) to serve low-income clients; but the Legal Aid staff does not work alone and unquestionably pro bono attorneys and paralegals play an important role in service to the community. Equally as critical as staff and pro bono counsel are the onsite volunteers who work shifts at the office.
This summer, LASC is hosting more than 50 volunteers onsite. Volunteers range from full-time summer law clerks to retired attorneys who volunteer throughout the year and spend three-hour shifts in the Volunteer Resource Center interviewing clients and referring cases to pro bono counsel.
Legal Aid engages retired and active paralegals, college students, licensed attorneys seeking work or law grads awaiting bar results. This is a tremendous figure, an extraordinary level of commitment. The influx of summer help enables attorneys to handle more cases and serve more clients in need. Thank you, volunteers!