Free legal clinic expanding services for those in need this area


MANSFIELD – Indigent people in this area have an expanded opportunity to get free legal advice.

Karen Osborne, who has been a paralegal for attorney John Allen for more than 20 years, opened Area Christian Legal Services in late 2018.

First United Methodist Church provided office space at 12 N. Diamond St. 

Recently, the clinic became part of the Christian Legal Aid (CLA) network, a ministry of the Christian Legal Society. Now called the Richland County Legal Clinic, it still operates out of First United Methodist.

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“Now, we’re a ministry of their church,” Osborne said.

The Christian Legal Aid program increases access to legal aid for the poor, marginalized and victims of injustice.

Currently, there is only one legal aid attorney for every…

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