In the Community

Members of the Cincinnati Bar Association are committed to serving Greater Cincinnati not just through their professional role as attorneys, but also through volunteer service in the community. The CBA sponsors a variety of programs that help to serve our community and the CBA Young Lawyers Section is committed to making a lasting difference in our community through programs such as Mock Trial and the Superhero Run for Kids 5k benefiting Pro Kids.

Lawyer Referral Service (LRS)

The CBA has operated its Lawyer Referral Service since 1943. The LRS makes referrals to the public in almost all areas of the law. There is no fee for using the service and the referred attorney will not charge more than $50 for the first half hour of consultation. The LRS number is (513) 381-8359.

LRS Community Programs

  • Now You're 18 - To equip high school students in Greater Cincinnati with knowledge of their legal responsibilities and rights once they turn 18 years of age, the Cincinnati Bar Association supports the Ohio Bar Assocation's effort with the Now You're 18 guidebook. It explains laws regarding driving, drinking, contracts, credit, voting, consumer protection, marriage and divorce, employment and discrimination. It also covers procedures when criminal charges are made, military service requirements applying to the draft, and selection and duties of jurors. Access this valuable information anytime.

  • Partners in the Community (PIC) - This program is geared toward educating high school students, especially seniors, on issues relating to turning 18. Topics addressed include DUI, drug charges, alcohol consumption, date rape, student loan application, credit cards, consumer credit, credit reports, leases and more. LRS panel attorneys conduct the program in a group or assembly format.

  • You and the Legal SystemThe Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) works in conjunction with the Hamilton County Law Library to offer this free program to the public. We offer one-hour legal seminars once a month at the Hamilton County Law Library located on the sixth floor of the Hamilton County Courthouse. During this time, a qualified attorney will speak on a specific topic and open the floor for questions from attendees. For a list of topics and dates, visit http://www.hamilton-co.org/cinlawlib/cle/signup.html. In order to sign up to attend, please contact the Law Library at (513) 946-5300.

Speakers Bureau

The Speakers Bureau, sponsored by the Professionalism Committee of the Cincinnati Bar Association, offers attorneys who are willing to speak on a variety of topics, including domestic relations, bankruptcy, estate planning, fire and emergency law, consumer sales practices, technology and many others.   Speakers are available for community events and organizations, including schools, nursing homes, social service organizations and rotary clubs.

Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio

The CBA is proud to partner with the Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio. Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio connects corporate volunteer attorneys with nonprofits in the Cincinnati and Dayton area that are in need of business legal services. Attorney volunteers provide free business legal services tailored to the needs of each nonprofit. We encourage our members and the legal community to learn more and get involved.

Volunteer Lawyers Project

Through the Volunteer Lawyers Project, private attorneys help clients with adoption, divorce, visitation, housing, consumer debt, probate matters, wills and representation in lawsuits. This program, established in 1982 by the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Bar Association, provides critical legal services to the community through the support of many private lawyers and corporate law offices. Our community depends on these volunteers who donate their time to help Legal Aid clients.

Summer Work Experience in Law (SWEL)

SWEL is an eight week diversity pipeline program leading to the legal profession. SWEL began in 1986 as a pilot program sponsored by the Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati-Cincinnati Bar Association Round Table. SWEL works primarily with area African American high school and college students who have a serious interest in law. Applications are accepted from January through March, students interview during Spring Break and the summer program begins in June and continues through mid August. SWEL offers legal internships and weekly academic classes to support students in their goal to secure admission to law school and gain first hand experience about career options within the legal profession. For more information about the program visit the SWEL website at www.swelinc.org.

For more information on community service projects of the Cincinnati Bar Association, please contact us at (513) 381-8213.

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