Legal Aid releases 2016 Annual Report

Publication details accomplishments and impact for last year

Community Legal Aid has released is 2016 Annual Report. The publication details the non-profit law firm’s accomplishments and impact across its eight-county service area for the last year.

“I’m very proud of what my colleagues achieved for our clients in 2016,” shared Steven McGarrity, the organization’s executive director. “This document is statistical proof of the passion and ambition our staff brings to their jobs each and every day.”

The report showcases Legal Aid’s reach, detailing the more than 12,300 people the organization was able to help last year alone. Other highlights include closing 5,151 cases, earning or saving more than $16 million for clients, and seeing 92 percent positive case outcomes.

In addition to its direct client work, Legal Aid also saw success in its education and outreach programs, with more than 1,300 attendees at public programs and more than 248,000 legal materials downloaded from their website.

“These numbers are important because it speaks to our preventative work,” McGarrity explained. “It’s not just about addressing legal issues as they arise, anymore. It’s about educating people to keep them from getting into legal or financial trouble in the first place.”

One of Legal Aid’s top priorities is helping special populations of individuals in low-income brackets. In 2016, the organization helped staggering numbers, including:

  • 1,707 disabled persons cases
  • 1,230 senior citizen cases
  • 877 domestic violence victim cases
  • 660 veterans cases
  • 199 individuals assisted with residency and citizenship

The report also highlights the work of pro bono attorneys in helping Legal Aid clients last year, showcasing over 200 active volunteers who took 1,200 cases and earned or saved $2.2 million for clients.

“Our volunteers provide a vital service to our clients,” McGarrity shared. “Without them, we wouldn’t be able to reach nearly as many people. They also are able to help with specialty cases where our staff may not have an expertise. They really are invaluable to our organization.”

Board President Nancy Grim said she was proud of the accomplishments highlighted in the report.

“It is a testament to the dedication and passion of all our staff, board, and volunteers,” Grim explained. “It demonstrates clearly the value that Legal Aid brings to northeast Ohio. We can see that our work makes a difference in the lives of our clients and also in the justice system overall.”

For more information, or to download the Annual Report, visit www.communitylegalaid.org/impact

Posted: May 17, 2017