What is Legal Aid?

Legal Aid helps to make the justice system fair and accessible to all, especially the vulnerable in our society by providing free, comprehensive, civil legal aid.

Our mission since 1908 has been to resolve serious legal problems of low-income people, to promote economic and family stability and to reduce poverty through effective legal assistance.

We work with individuals to achieve case-by-case problem resolution, and use legal advocacy to improve large systems. To assist as many people as possible, we’ve created innovative programs with high-impact strategies in partnership with local nonprofits serving those living in poverty. Our collaborative community connected approach is recognized as a “best practice” in yielding lasting change moving people towards economic self-sufficiency.


“Everybody Loses When There Are Lots of Evictions”

JUNE 22, 2018

“Nobody wins…everybody loses when there are lots of evictions,” states John Schrider, director of Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, LLC. He’s quoted in a WCPO follow- up story noting that just 10 landlords account for nearly 20 percent of the 50,000 eviction filed in Hamilton County over the past four years. Which landlords made that list, and what neighborhoods are most affected are detailed in a study conducted by The Cincinnati…

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Legal Aid Client Shares The Anguish of An Eviction

JUNE 21, 2018

WCPO reporter Lucy May profiled a Legal Aid client who was evicted from her home of four years to show the personal impact of an eviction.

Just one month after the health department found mold in her apartment, our client, Stephanie Smith, complained about it. As a result, the landlord filed for eviction. Ms. Smith and her three children were forced to leave their townhome on very short notice.

Ms. Smith and…

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