Management Team: Christine Legow
Christine Blair Legow has served as Associate Director for Community Legal Aid since 2007. She currently manages the organization’s community/economic development efforts in Youngstown through the Neighborhood Stabilization Project.
Prior to managing this project, Chris organized Legal Aid’s response to the foreclosure crisis. She also oversaw the organization’s law libraries and led efforts to develop a series of community legal education presentations, including writing and compiling over 500 fact sheets and brochures for client education, organizing slide show presentations, drafting pro se pleading packets, standardizing procedures and letters on many legal topics, and briefly representing victims of domestic violence.
Chris has served as the Managing Attorney of the Family Law Team, Managing Attorney of the Mahoning County Office, Managing Attorney of the Warren Office, and Associate Director responsible for managing offices in Ashtabula, Wooster, and Columbiana counties.
As an attorney, Chris’ primary legal focus began in family law practice. In 1985, she won an appeal in which the Ohio Supreme Court upheld the right of an employed father to withhold consent to the adoption of his child. In 2002, she challenged a lower court finding that the civil stalking statute was unconstitutional, preventing victims of stalking in Mahoning County from seeking civil protection orders, which were available to all other residents of Ohio, forcing the court to vacate its order.
Chris has served on several professional and community organizations. She is a past Chair of the Legal Aid Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association and pas facilitator of the Mahoning County Domestic Violence Task Force. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of Sojourner House and on the Board of MYCAP. Over the years, she also has served as a trainer for statewide and multistate advocacy trainings.
Outside of her role at Legal Aid, Chris is the Business Manager for Opera Western Reserve and serves on their board.