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Credit reports: Another barrier to affordable housing


by Andrew Neuhauser, managing attorney Most of us are familiar with the idea behind credit reports and credit scores. These tools help lenders decide whether or not to extend credit or provide an applicant with a loan. Having the ability to s...

What happens now? Ukrainian parolees face an uncertain future


by Koula Glaros-King, staff attorney In last week’s Big Ideas, we shared the journey of one family fleeing the war in Ukraine. We caught a glimpse of what it would be like to travel to a foreign country, experience an unfamiliar culture, and ...

The journey to safety: Fleeing war and facing uncertainty


by Jodi Roberts, communications manager and U4U sponsor As parents, most of us would do whatever it takes to protect our children - no matter the challenges. Over the past few months, I’ve had the honor of walking closely with two such parent...

The Expanded CTC: Another step in the right direction in the war on childhood poverty


by Mike Gunning and Dana Goldstein, staff attorneys In so many ways, the pandemic taught us lessons. It magnified long-time truths, making them easier for many of us to see. One such lesson (highlighted in Big Ideas last year) was th...

Leaving money on the table: Why public benefits go unclaimed


By Terri Underwood, paralegal advocate Public benefits are government-sponsored programs and services designed to enhance the well-being of citizens, particularly those facing economic challenges, by ensuring access to essential resources and...

Legal aid strengthens local economies


by Josh Hinkel, staff attorney As a follow-up to last week’s interview with the Stark County Minority Business Association, this week in Big Ideas we examine the realities facing new businesses and nonprofits from the perspective of lawyers. ...

The key to a stronger economy


by Leonard Stevens, CEO Skyler Parks, Director of Business Development & Growth Elise Watkins, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Stark County Minority Business Association This week, Big Ideas had the honor of sitting do...

A glimpse behind-the-scenes - understanding the value of an attorney


by Jodi Roberts, communication manager Thinking about the law, the system, and its impact on us is an everyday activity for me. Even though I am not an attorney, I am immersed in the legal world and constantly thinking about it from all angle...

A surprising way to intervene, restore, and build community


by Ayesha Cotton, Managing Attorney and Willie McGee, IPS/LJFF Athletic Director Community Legal Aid is honored to partner closely with LeBron James Family Foundation’s I Promise School in Akron. This one-of-a-kind school is a melting pot th...

Community Legal Aid Attorney recognized for leadership and advocacy


Wayne Sarna receives Ohio Access to Justice Foundation Denis J. Murphy Award Attorney Wayne Sarna is the 2023 recipient of the Ohio Access to Justice Foundation Denis J. Murphy Award. The Denis J. Murphy Award is presented annually to recogni...