News

August 8, 2022 - 10:53 am

Community organizations call for solutions A report issued today outlined the ways in which Akron should move forward in addressing its eviction crisis. Court mediation, right to counsel for tenants facing eviction, and landlord-tenant education were...

July 27, 2022 - 9:34 am

by Sarah Wiley, staff attorney   All of Ohio’s children deserve a quality education and the chance to succeed.   This ideal is the premise of Ohio’s education law, a premise which is enshrined in the Ohio constitution.   It...

June 29, 2022 - 8:43 am

By John Petit, managing attorney   Traditional legal aid work is reactionary to people’s legal problems. And often, that work is just a bandaid over larger, systemic issues that put people in positions that make life more difficult than it needs to...

June 22, 2022 - 8:38 am

by Community Legal Aid staff   This week, we’re taking a break from our usual weekly Big Ideas blog to recognize and celebrate Pride Month. But we also want to call out our commitment to equality and nondiscrimination for our LGBTQ+ friends and...

June 15, 2022 - 8:27 am

by Community Legal Aid staff   “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property...

June 10, 2022 - 8:19 am

by Jeanne Charles, managing attorney   On Monday, a new state law goes into effect allowing Ohioans to carry a concealed weapon without a permit, without training, and without a background check.   While the new law doesn’t change who is...

June 2, 2022 - 10:16 am

by Clinton Householder, staff attorney, and Shannah Carino, District Homeless Liaison and McKinney Vento Specialist, Akron Public Schools   When you think of homelessness, you typically think of not having a roof over your head.   But...

May 26, 2022 - 10:13 am

by Jonathan Thomas, paralegal with the Clarence Darrow Court Clinic   I talk to them every day -- people who are doing good things, who just have fallen on hard times. As a paralegal at Community Legal Aid, my job is to walk alongside our...

May 12, 2022 - 10:22 am

by Steven McGarrity, executive director   This week, several members of our team had the opportunity to visit our state capitol and meet with members of the Ohio General Assembly and their staff. We thanked our elected representatives for their...

May 12, 2022 - 10:03 am

Logan recognized for career helping residents who can’t afford attorneys   Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge, the Honorable Andrew Logan, was awarded The Ohio Access to Justice Foundation’s Presidential Award for Pro Bono Service during the...

May 5, 2022 - 8:48 am

By Rachel Nader, advocacy director   Debtors’ prisons may have been abolished in 1833, but the concept is still alive in practice.   Follow me for a minute: You commit a crime. You go to jail. You serve your time. You’re released....

April 27, 2022 - 9:35 am

by Steven McGarrity, executive director We’ve been talking about housing for a few weeks on our Big Ideas blog -- why putting down roots matters, what landlords think about our eviction rates. These entries are just the latest in a series of articles...

April 21, 2022 - 8:00 am

guest article by Cheryl Stephens and Kelly Barr, East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation   We have a radical vision for our community: that evictions drop by 80% in the next two years. In Akron, that would mean instead of 760 evictions in a...

April 14, 2022 - 10:18 am

by Andrew Neuhauser and John Petit, managing attorneys   It’s important for people to put down roots. It stabilizes your life -- where you work, where you socialize, where your kids go to school. It boosts both your mental and physical health, and...

April 8, 2022 - 10:38 am

New role focuses on growing nonprofit’s philanthropic support   The phrases “law firm” and “fundraising” may not come naturally in the same sentence, but that is exactly what Shirley Smith wants people to think about.   “When I read...