News

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...

April 6, 2022 - 7:58 am

By Duriya Dhinojwala, member of Legal Aid’s Board of Trustees   When she was 21 years old, Duriya Dhinojwala left her home in India and came here, to the United States. At the time, she was “simply a student’s wife,” in a new land, with no family...

March 30, 2022 - 10:40 am

by Managing Attorneys Andrea Burton and John Petit   A bill currently being considered by the Ohio General Assembly could change the lives of parents and children across the state. House Bill 508, titled “Regards allocation of parental rights...

March 23, 2022 - 8:19 am

by Kimberly Adams, advocate and law graduate, and Andrew Neuhauser, managing attorney   The world is watching this week as confirmation hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s roll out for her nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States...

March 19, 2022 - 9:05 am

Event slated for April, all community members invited   In 2019, advocates at Community Legal Aid and Fair Housing Contact Service sat down and started talking about how to raise awareness for an issue they felt the Summit County community wasn’t...

March 17, 2022 - 3:13 pm

Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking. The journey to break free from an abusive cycle and heal from trauma is often riddled with challenges. For survivors from diverse and underserved populations,...

March 16, 2022 - 10:29 am

by Dawn Spriggs, managing attorney, and Jodi Roberts, communications manager Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging conversations have exploded in the past few years, thanks to movements like Black Lives Matters, #MeToo, and LGBTQ+ rights. This is a...

March 9, 2022 - 11:39 am

by Koula Glaros-King, Susan Fitch, and Patricia Dougan (staff attorneys)   Those of us practicing law as women today have seen our share of change in the field. Some of us began our practices decades ago, while others are just starting out. None of...

March 9, 2022 - 8:11 am

Non-profit recognizes National Consumer Protection Awareness Week   In recognition of National Consumer Protection Week, Community Legal Aid is sharing tips to help Ohioans be savvy consumers.  Regularly monitoring account activity and...

March 2, 2022 - 10:26 am

By Steven McGarrity, executive director   Last night, Americans across the country who tuned into the State of the Union Address before Congress may have walked away with varying impressions of the President’s remarks. But one theme that rang...