The Ohio State Bar Association or OSBA is bar association for which membership is voluntary for the state’s practicing attorneys and others in the legal profession. It has more than 31,000 members. Along with close to 70 percent of the state’s attorneys joining the organization, it also has members who are paralegals, law students, law clerks, and others who work in the Ohio legal industry. It is headquartered in Columbus and serves primarily as an educational and advocacy group.
The OSBA was created in 1880 in response to a request from the Cleveland Bar Association for other lawyers in the state to band together and meet. That request garnered the attention of more than 400 lawyers who met to form what is now known as the Ohio State Bar Association.
While OSBA does not administer the bar exam or admit members to the bar, it does offer resources that lawyers and the public may find invaluable. Administering the bar exam and admitting lawyers to the bar are tasks that belong to the Ohio Supreme Court.
Attorneys who join the OSBA are entitled to personal and professional benefits. For example, they have access to resources that can help them grow their practices. They can find out how to grow their client list, manage cases, and about other topics on the OSBA website.
Further, members can learn about how to become advocates for justice in their communities. They can take part in programs like pro bono work and legal aid assistance. These programs are geared toward people who have little to no money to hire an attorney of their own.
The OSBA website also serves as a resource for Ohio residents. For example, they can use the public portal to file a complaint against their lawyer if they feel they have been mistreated or taken advantage of during their cases.
They could raise issues about everything from the conduct of their attorney to how much they were charged. Their complaints will be directed to the appropriate parties who will then launch an investigation. The website also serves as a free attorney directory where people can find the names and locations of attorneys in various legal specialties around the state.
Contacting the OSBA can be accomplished by using the free email form on its website. The mailing address of the Ohio State Board Association is PO Box 16562, Columbus Ohio, 43216.