COLUMBUS, OH—The Ohio State Bar Foundation is pleased to announce it has awarded a total of $306,050 to eleven unique projects across Ohio. Each project fulfills the OSBF mission of promoting the pursuit of justice and public understanding of the rule of law.
$118,000 to the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education, headquartered in Columbus, for their statewide programs that provide high-quality civics and law-related content to students and teachers and to support its student-led programs, including Ohio Mock Trial, We the People, and Moot Court. They also engage in professional development programs for teachers, including The Law and Citizenship Conference and Ohio Government in Action, an annual two-day workshop specifically designed to give teachers an insider’s view of state government.
$65,000 to the Ohio State Legal Services Association for the expansion of the Southeastern Ohio Legal Services’ Youth Law Project, which will continue to provide advice, counsel, and representation to young adults and expand training and advocacy for community providers and courts working with those transitioning out of foster care through the statewide Bridges program.
$32,050 to the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, based in Columbus, for their Parole Education and Preparation Project, which will provide legal education about the parole process to incarcerated survivors of domestic and sexual violence so that they may effectively advocate for themselves in hearings.
$20,000 to the Ohio Federation for Health Equity and Social Justice, based in Columbus, to help educate grandparents and other relatives statewide on the custody type and status available to their families, as well as government services and private resources that are available.
$17,000 to the Akron Municipal Court for their Electronic Information Kiosk, which will provide low-income, pro se community members with legal information and resources. The addition of this kiosk will help the court monitor information related to self-represented litigants, improve access to justice for this group, and improve case flow and quality of information presented.
$15,000 to the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland for their new project Access to Justice: Leveraging Technology to Lower Barriers to Justice. The goal of this project is to expand individuals’ access to the services of Cleveland Legal Aid by adding technology and an online intake module to their case management system.
$15,000 to Ohio Voice, based in Columbus, for the Ohio Fair Courts Speaker’s Bureau. This bureau would be created with three goals in mind: to explain in everyday language how the Ohio court system works, to provide a forum for members of the legal and non-legal community to exchange views about common concerns about our justice system, and to motivate citizens to take action to strengthen the independence of our courts.
$9,000 to the Ohio State Legal Services Association for advocacy skills training through the Ohio Poverty Law Center for 25 legal aid attorneys, representing each legal aid office in Ohio, that will help them better understand the legislative process and increase their level of engagement in statewide policy.
$8,600 to the CASA Board Volunteer Association for their CASA Changemaker Academy for the Summit County CASA Program. This academy will provide three new live and three new online trainings for local CASA volunteers on developments in child advocacy practices, including issues surrounding immigration, domestic violence, and human trafficking. Grant support was also received from the American Bar Endowment for this project, which will allow the Summit County CASA Program expand the number hours for each training.
$4,100 to the Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties to produce a video that will provide key information regarding protection orders and the process of obtaining them, with an emphasis on using terminology that will be easy for the general public to understand.
$2,300 to the Wayne County Probate and Juvenile Court to support increased programming for their Help Desk by incorporating educational presentations and brochures. The Help Desk currently provides no-cost legal advice to low-income, unrepresented litigants, and potential litigants by connecting them with local attorneys. These attorneys provide effective recommendations and guidance in the areas of probate and juvenile law.