News

December 7, 2022 - 8:29 am

by Steven McGarrity, executive director   Gabe Clevenger was murdered by her estranged husband.  On February 5, 2020, fearing for her safety, Gabe appeared in court before a magistrate and asked for a protection order. The magistrate denied...

November 22, 2022 - 3:00 pm

Immigrants, Refugees, and the story of the Mayflower by Koula Glaros-King, staff attorney Thanksgiving is...

November 15, 2022 - 5:12 pm

Benefits for LGBTQ+ veterans and spouses Kimberly Adams, law graduate and veterans advocate   On the...

November 14, 2022 - 12:53 pm

Recent changes in VA benefits mean more veterans and surviving spouses qualify for help - but they may not know it.   In August of this year, the PACT Act was passed, providing streamlined access to health care for veterans serving in areas of...

November 8, 2022 - 3:43 pm

A call to social service partners: educate veterans on the PACT Act By Kim Adams, law graduate   On August 2, 2022, the Sergeant First Class (SFC) Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022 became law...

November 2, 2022 - 8:13 am

by Ken Mirkin, managing attorney   In our weekly Big Ideas series, we are often pointing out what’s gone wrong, educating on some key points, and putting forth ideas on how things might be righted.    Instead, in today’s Big Idea,...

October 25, 2022 - 8:39 am

Darci Jay and Elsa Reale-Gottfried, staff attorneys   Most domestic abuse experts agree - the need to exert power and control is central to abusive relationships.   There are many ways abusers exert power and control over their partners...

October 20, 2022 - 12:13 pm

Hard-working Ohioans still at risk of double taxation by Steven McGarrity, executive director   This week, the Ohio Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit filed by two taxpayers against the State of Ohio. The taxpayers were represented by attorneys...

October 12, 2022 - 10:15 am

by Heather Duncan and Henna Schafer, staff attorneys   Our pets. They are members of our families who bring us joy and love us unconditionally.    They rely on us for everything. Innocents in the truest sense.   ...

October 5, 2022 - 8:16 am

An interview with Michael Sermersheim, VLSP volunteer attorney, emeritus   October is national pro bono month. This is a time to celebrate and honor the commitment of the thousands of attorneys who volunteer their time for an array of causes across...

October 4, 2022 - 2:54 pm

Community Legal Aid is opening its doors to the public in celebration of 70 years of service to the community. The nonprofit law firm will host a series of open houses at its staffed offices in Akron, Canton, Youngstown, and Warren during the month of October...

September 28, 2022 - 8:02 am

Marie B. Curry, managing attorney As our country collectively contemplates dramatic changes around reproductive justice*, we must challenge ourselves to see through to society’s deepest and most uncomfortable realities. American women and children already...

September 22, 2022 - 11:38 am

by Clinton Householder, staff attorney   In his iconic 1964 painting The Problem We All Live With,  Norman Rockwell depicts a courageous, resolute 6 year-old African-American girl striding toward the steps of the William Frantz Elementary...

September 20, 2022 - 11:16 am

Community Legal Aid will host an annual professional development conference for  advocates who work with survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking and stalking. SAFE Day 2022 will be held Wednesday, September 21st from 9:00 a.m. - 4:...

September 13, 2022 - 5:02 pm

by Rachel Nader, advocacy director   Ten years. That’s how long it took me to pay off my student loans. I made it out of undergrad and law school owing roughly $20 grand. I was lucky. Tuition was reasonable, about $25 grand before books and living...