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The Need

The Women Lawyers of Franklin County are excited to announce a collaborative pro bono partnership with Advocating Opportunity ("AO"), a local legal service provider for trafficked and exploited persons.  AO is one of only three programs in the country that provides comprehensive, holistic, trauma-responsive legal services to survivors of human trafficking regardless of their background, identity, or circumstances.  AO also provides in-house social services to ensure that all client needs are consistently being met.

AO clients are served through AO by a community of attorneys and volunteers. Pro bono lawyers are a crucial piece of this support. Pro bono lawyers assist AO clients with a variety of legal issues affecting clients and their families. This direct legal assistance benefits clients and their families and helps move them forward while they reorganize their lives. WLFC places great value on giving back to the community by providing pro bono legal services to those in need.

Volunteer Opportunities

Pro bono volunteers will sign up to indicate their interest in a particular area of the law (or multiple areas of law) and will be notified by WLFC when a pro bono lawyer in that area of the law is needed. Lawyers who sign up for a particular area of the law should have experience in that area and the ability to competently handle the legal issue presented without much mentorship or guidance. AO is committed to providing support and consultation throughout the process but volunteers should be well-versed in the areas of the law they choose.

There is no commitment to a certain number of cases required. We only ask that volunteers work on pro bono cases as their schedule allows. If you commit to a particular case, we ask that you maintain committed to it and notify us immediately if you are unable to continue to work on it so we may find alternate volunteer counsel.

Please fill out this form if you would like to Volunteer: Pro Bono Interest Form

WLFC is seeking pro bono volunteers for the following areas of the law:

  • Domestic Relations 

    • Divorce

    • Custody

    • Visitation

  • Record Sealing

    • Misdemeanor

    • Felony

  • R.C. 2953.28 HT Expungement

    • Misdemeanor

    • Felony

  • Criminal

    • DUI

    • Traffic/accident

    • Minor misdemeanors

  • Eviction Defense

  • Consumer Debt Relief

  • Immigration

    • Adjustment of Status (non-interview)

    • T visas

    • U visas

    • Asylum

    • EAD renewal

    • Master calendar hearings

    • SIJS

  • Income Tax Assistance

If you have any questions please send them to:

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