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New Law Clinical Program Offerings

Jan 8, 2013

Several new clinical placement programs were announced by Stephen C. Veltri, interim dean at Ohio Northern University College of Law.

In conjunction with former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton's efforst to provide better protection for service members and veterans before the courts of Ohio, the ONU Legal Clinic has revised its service priorities to place several personnel and veterans at the top of its intake list.  The College manages an in-house civil and transaction clinic in Lima, OH for persons of limited income, with an emphasis upon domestic relations, general civil practice, and representation of non-profit organizations. ONU also serves clients in Hardin County.

Ohio Northern law students are also joining forces with Legal Aid of Western Ohio (LAWO) in Lima and the Domestic Relations Division of the Court of Common Pleas of Allen County's Judge Matt Staley.  During the January intersession term, students will volunteer thirty hours of time to conduct intake interviews of persons seeking various domestic relations orders and prepare the appropriate paperwork.  Interim Director of Clinical Programs and Professor of Law Bruce Comly French will supervise these students and the subsequent court proceedings. Students will receive recognition on their transcripts with a notation of Pro Bono Service.  Many law schools, including ONU, are encouraging law students to commit time and effort to provide legal representation for those unable to engage private counsel.