The Legal Aid Society of Cincinnati (now doing business as the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati) was founded in 1908 to secure justice and protect the rights of the needy. For over 100 years, the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati and its affiliate Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, LLC, have been the primary providers of civil legal services in the Greater Cincinnati/southwest Ohio area. The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati’s mission is to resolve serious legal problems of low-income people, promote economic and family stability, and reduce poverty through effective legal assistance.
In 1982, the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati, along with the Cincinnati Bar Association, founded the Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation. This Foundation, which operates the Volunteer Lawyers Project, matches clients in need of legal assistance with private attorneys who are willing to help on a pro bono basis. Working together, the two Legal Aid Societies and the Volunteer Lawyers Project provide coordinated services to meet the legal needs of low-income residents living in seven southwest Ohio counties.
In addition to providing direct client services, the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati provides administrative, development, and technical support for the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, LLC and the Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation. A subsidiary corporation, the Community Law Center Real Estate Company, owns and operates a small office building in downtown Cincinnati which serves as the headquarters for the Legal Aid Societies and the VLP.