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CapLaw Represents: Mindy Yocum, L’15, Helping Others Access Justice

10/8/2018  -  Mindy Yocum, L’15, is a solo practitioner. She has had her own firm, Yocum Law Office, for 2 years. Prior to opening her own firm, she worked as a law clerk at Barkan Meizlish.

Ms. Yocum has a general law practice and is known for assisting those who typically cannot afford legal services. In particular, she offers legal services as an employment benefit, partnering with organizations like Hot Chicken Takeover that hire people who have a legal barrier to employment, such as a criminal record.

She offers a sliding scale of hourly charges (starting at $60) based on income and an array of flat-fee services (starting at $25) and also regularly schedules free “legal clinics” in the Columbus area at places such as the Holy Family soup kitchen and food pantry in Franklinton, the Star House (a drop-in center for homeless youth) and at the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s main branch Downtown.

Her clients, she says, “need to be able to reach out to someone and not be intimidated and be able to understand their rights. That’s what I try to do. I try to take the intimidation out of the legal system.”

Ms. Yocum’s road to law school was not the typical one. In 2003 her husband was severely injured during a robbery at work. The resulting challenges – financial strains, bad legal advice, and mountains of insurance and workers compensation paperwork – inspired her to go to law school. She had become an informal advocate for families in situations such as hers, but she needed more. Ms. Yocum’s “more” was attending law school.

Ms. Yocum has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from The Ohio State University, and her law degree from Capital University Law School, where she attended the evening program. In August of 2017 she was recognized as a “Legal Rebel” by the American Bar Association.

When asked about her fondest memory of law school, Ms. Yocum said: “From Barrister’s Ball to Contracts with Professor Distelhorst to the last day of class, there were many memorable moments. But the fondest memories will always be the time spent with my classmates, studying, laughing, and commiserating.”

Ms. Yocum is originally from Shelby, Ohio. She has been married to her husband, Scott, for almost 18 years and has two sons, Harry (16) and Hank (14). She also has two dogs (Phoenix and Buddy), a cat (Ruth), two birds (Alice and Oscar) and a fish (Angel).

Some Favorites:

Favorite book: The Alchemist

Favorite movie:

Favorite local restaurant:
Tip Top Kitchen - the Pot Roast sandwich is the best

My Indulgence: Every morning, while I am getting ready for work, I watch The Office…best TV show ever!

My Escape: The beach! As a solo practitioner, I don’t have a lot of free time, but when I can get away, I head to the beach with my family.

My Favorite Quote: "Life is a grindstone, but whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us." - Shirley Sherrod