How to Find an Attorney
Legal Aid– If you meet certain income and other requirements, you may be eligible to get a Legal Aid attorney. To find the legal aid office and contact information for your county, you can call 866-529-6446.
ODVN Legal Assistance Project– If your case is not accepted for Legal Aid lawyer, you may be able to get a lawyer through Civil Legal Assistance Program at ODVN. Call a local advocate to get more information. If you can't find an advocate, call ODVN at 800-934-9840 or (614)-781-9651 (v/tty).
Local Bar Associations– Some local bar associations have
projects which offer attorneys on a pro bono, or free, basis. To find the closest
bar association, go to
Law School Clinics– If you live near a community with a
law school, you may be able to get legal help through a law school legal clinic.
There are clinics in Cleveland (Employment Issues, Cleveland State University -
(216) 687-3947; Milton Kramer Law Clinic Center at Case Western University - (216)
368-2766; Cleveland Homeless Assistance Legal Assistance Program - (216) 432-0543;
in Columbus at the Capital University Law Clinic (614) 236-6245, and in Cincinnati
at the Protection Order clinic at the University of Cincinnati Law School (513)
Crime Victims Compensation– The CVC program in Ohio—under
very specific conditions—can offer reimbursement for legal services for Protection
Orders and other legal actions which separate the violent person from the crime
victim. For more information, see Picking Up the Pieces, which you can
Filing Pro Se– Pro se means filing a legal action without
an attorney. For survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking,
it is always better to take legal action with the assistance of an attorney. If
you do decide to file your case pro se, a legal advocate at the local domestic
violence program may be able to assist you. Some Clerks of Court can offer limited
help, too. For more information on court rules and forms, go to