CANTON – The Stark County Bar Association will host a variety of events, including a stop in Stark County by the Ohio Justice Bus, as part of Law Week 2023.
Law Day is a national event held on or around May 1 and is designed to remind Americans about their liberties and alert them to the role they play as citizens in protecting and preserving freedom.
This year’s theme is “Cornerstones of Democracy: Civics, Civility and Collaboration.”
Among the events scheduled is a stop by the Ohio Justice Bus. The bus will be parked from noon to 4 p.m. Monday in the parking lot of Mission BBQ, 4490 Everhard Road in Jackson Township.
Stark Bar Association Executive Director Tina McCort said in the past the organization has held a phone bank for residents to call in with legal questions but as times have changed they have seen a drop in participants.
This year, they opted to try an in-person event with the bus.
Attorneys will be available for a free consultation and to answer legal questions. An attorney who is a veteran or familiar with military issues also will be on hand.
McCort said three lawyers from Columbus who travel with the bus will be on hand as well as local attorneys.
“We targeted that area because it is one of the busiest intersections in the county,” she said. “Also Mission BBQ gets a lot of military.”
The event will be “live-streamed” on the Stark County Bar Association’s Facebook page. Those who join the live Facebook event can also ask questions.
McCort said people seek help during the free events for a number of reasons, including if they are unable to afford to hire an attorney and they are not sure if they need an attorney.