We believe democracy works better when people know their rights. Whether it's educating the public on the rule of law, improving the justice system, increasing the support for lawyers and judges, or empowering our youth to get involved, the OSBF makes an impact across the state of Ohio.
Moving to the United States can be intimidating, especially when a person doesn't speak the native language. Through the Community Legal Education Project (CLEP), ASIA provides the Asian and Pacific Islander community in Northeastern Ohio with language appropriate information on legal topics ranging from immigration to traffic law. Learn more about CLEP.
The Housing Research Advocacy Center
Barriers to housing can be difficult to surmount, especially for a person with a mental health disability. Through its project entitled Overcoming Obstacles to Housing Individuals with Mental Health Disabilities, the Housing Research and Advocacy Center educates the mental health disability community about fair housing laws and assists mental health consumers and their families with enforcement of these laws.
Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA)
The law can often seem complex and puzzling. To help the public wade through a myriad of information, the OSBA developed The Law & You, a handbook that explains legal principles in a clear and concise manner. Visit the Ohio State Bar Association.
When faced with environmental issues, people want to know their legal options. The OEC’s legal education project, Opening the Doors of Ohio’s Environmental Courtrooms, provides citizens and community groups with the tools to protect their communities from environmental ruin. Visit the Ohio Environmental Council.
The Ohio Justice and Policy Center
The web-based takes a currently opaque area of law – the complex restrictions that uniquely apply to people with criminal records – and makes it readily accessible and understandable to everyone. Visit the Ohio Justice & Policy Center.
Save the Dream – Ohio State Bar Association
Foreclosure filings are on the rise throughout Ohio. So the OSBA took action, helping create an integrated program called “Save the Dream.” A comprehensive effort that convenes government agencies, experts in the field, and other stakeholders, “Save the Dream” includes a call for Ohio attorneys to offer services pro bono, helping Ohio families avoid the unthinkable—and keep their homes.
Change a life. Improve a profession. These are the goals of the Law and Leadership Institute. LLI is a statewide initiative that prepares high school students from underserved communities for college and law school. The program enhances the legal profession by preparing future attorneys who reflect the communities they serve and who inform and enrich legal discourse as a result of knowledge gained through diverse life experiences.
"I believe that LLI has left a lasting impression on my life not just because of the amazing opportunities I have been exposed to, but by building stronger relationships with the people I have come in to contact with." --Brittany, LLI Student
The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education
The OCLRE is an essential resource for Ohioans. They oversee Ohio’s Mock Trial Program, the third largest in the country, and help teach basic law concepts to students—from grade school through high school.
In order for the justice system to work, our legal leaders need to have access to the right tools. That's why the Ohio State Bar Association held a public speaking workshop to provide effective communication and presentation skills to those who aspire to become indispensable to their profession and communities.