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Legal Aid attorney to be honored at Athena Awards this ThursdayPrintE-mailPDF

21 May 2012

Legal Aid Attorney, Patti Dougan will be among the professional women honored on Thursday during the 20th Athena Award. 

From The Vindicator, May 20, 2012:


Professional women from the Mahoning Valley are being honored Thursday as part of the 20th anniversary of the Athena Award.

One of 25 finalists will be named the recipient of the Athena Award, which is designed to recognize area business and professional women who have demonstrated excellence in their chosen career, provided leadership in the community and mentored or contributed to the growth of other professional women.

The event starts at 5:45 p.m. with a cocktail reception at Mr. Anthony’s, 7440 South Ave., Boardman. The dinner and program begins at 6:30 p.m.

The Athena Awards event is one of the five- largest of its type in the U.S. and is sponsored by the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber and The Vindicator.


To read the full article click here.


Legal Aid Offers Foreclosure Prevention Help in YoungstownPrintE-mailPDF

15 May 2012

Legal Aid Offers Foreclosure Prevention Help in Youngstown

Youngstown homeowners who are facing foreclosure have somewhere to turn for help.

Community Legal Aid is offering free legal services to low and moderate income residents who have had a foreclosure action filed against them.

Through the Foreclosure Prevention Project, Youngstown residents in all areas of the city, except for the Arlington Heights/Youngstown State University neighborhood, have access to the legal services if foreclosure action has been filed against them.

Help could include loan reformation, deeds in lieu, short sales, defense of predatory loans and resolving cases through negotiating with the lender through the Court’s mediation process or through litigation.

Youngstown homeowners threatened by foreclosure can apply for services by calling the Legal Aid Helpline at 1-800-998-9454 weekdays or by completing an application online at www.

Translation service is available for non-English speakers.  Once a homeowner is found eligible for assistance, Legal Aid attorneys review the case and decide what service they can provide. Clients will then meet with the attorney to develop a strategy to avoid foreclosure.


Legal Aid Offers Fair Housing Assistance by PhonePrintE-mailPDF

15 May 2012
Legal Aid Offers Fair Housing Assistance By Phone

Difficulties in buying or renting a home can be devastating to a family and the community.

Everyone deserves the chance to buy or rent their home without facing discrimination.

If you think you may be a victim of discrimination, there are laws that can protect you.

Community Legal Aid provides fair housing assistance to Trumbull County residents paid for through the Community Development Block Grant Program.

“We are available to offer advice and referrals for individuals that think they may be victims of discrimination under the Fair Housing laws,” Community Legal Aid Housing Attorney Darlene Bonta says.

Individuals may call Community Legal Aid at 1-855-837-8867. There is someone to take the call. You may speak to someone directly at the time you call. If not, leave a message and our office will call you back.

“Someone will take the call, and an attorney will review the facts and call them back with advice or guidance,” Bonta says.

This line is dedicated to fair housing calls to Trumbull County residents, except for Cortland, Newton Falls, Warren, Girard and Niles. Residents of these cities should contact their local city administration officials to ask for information on fair housing assistance.


Legal Aid Attorney Jennifer van Dulmen becomes Portage County Bar Association PresidentPrintE-mailPDF

03 May 2012

Jennifer van Dulmen, Legal Aid attorney, is the new president of the Portage County Bar Association.

From the Akron Legal News, April 30, 2012:

She became an attorney to help level the playing field for the poor and less fortunate, and that is exactly what Jennifer van Dulmen has been doing for years. 

Managing attorney for Community Legal Aid’s volunteer legal services program since 2006, van Dulmen recently took the reins as president of the Portage County Bar Association, hoping to encourage the spirit of volunteerism among attorneys even more.

“One of my goals is to find ways to communicate to the public about all the good work that lawyers in Portage County are doing,” said van Dulmen. “As a managing attorney, I deal with members of eight bar associations, but I was very involved with those in Portage because I lived there for so long.

 “I know for a fact that attorneys at this bar association have a high rate of participation in pro bono activities, and I want to make sure their commitment does not go unnoticed.”


Read the full article by clicking here.


Free Legal Clinic May 2 at The Job CenterPrintE-mailPDF

19 April 2012

Need civil legal advice, but can’t afford to hire a lawyer? On May 2, Akron area attorneys will be available to answer questions from Summit County residents about a variety of legal issues: family law, foreclosure, bankruptcy, divorce, child custody/visitation issues and end-of-life planning at a one-day clinic sponsored by Community Legal Aid and the Akron Bar Association.

Where:        The Job Center, 1040 East Tallmadge Ave., Akron OH 44310 (Free Parking)
When:         Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Time:           8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Questions?  Call Community Legal Aid at 1-877-401-0088

Clients may begin arriving at 8:30 am to register. No pre-registration required – just drop in anytime throughout the day. Bring paperwork related to your legal concern with you.

Partnering agencies are: Akron Bar Association, Akron Urban League, AMHA, Community Legal Aid Volunteer Legal Services Program, Department of Jobs and Family Services, Haven of Rest, The Job Center, Summit County Office of Consumer Affairs, Open M and The University of Akron School of Law.

Why worry or let a legal problem go unresolved? Plan to come to the Free Legal Clinic May 2 to receive your free legal consultation.


Community Legal Aid participates in Financial Wellness MonthPrintE-mailPDF

05 April 2012

April is Financial Wellness month and Community Legal Aid has joined other Akron area social service agencies in offering financial wellness clinics and classes free to the community.

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Summit County Office of Consumer Affairs (SCOCA) is partnering with several agencies to recognize April as Financial Wellness Month. The observance will include a number of free classes, workshops and clinics designed to generate awareness of the financial education services available in the community.

The sessions will cover financial topics such as consumer debt, family budgeting, ways to improve a credit score, rights regarding debt and collection, planning for college, protecting your identity, avoiding financial fraud and schemes, preventing foreclosure, shredding personal documents and more.

“With last year’s success, we are again celebrating Financial Wellness Month,” said Cynthia Sich, director of the SCOCA. “Our local partnering professionals have lined up excellent free classes, workshops and clinics that will guide residents to a successful financial future.”

The partnering agencies will provide consumers with tools to make effective decisions regarding homes, money and credit, according to SCOCA officials. The presentations are intended for all consumers, from teens to senior citizens. The sessions are sponsored by Fifth Third Bank.

For a schedule of classes click here.


HEAL spotlighted at Women's Endowment Fund dinnerPrintE-mailPDF

02 April 2012

Representatives from Community Legal Aid Services, Inc. attended Akron Community Foundation's Women's Endowment Fund annual dinner March 28 in Akron where the Fund announced its $2 million dollar campaign.

The Fund, in 2012, awarded a $8,000 grant to HEAL, the medical/legal partnership between CLAS and Summa.

Sara E. Strattan, Attorney at Law and Executive Director of Community Legal Aid Services, Inc. was interviewed about the program by the Akron Beacon Journal for a story published March 29.

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