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February 10, 2021 - 3:30 pm

Legal Aid advocates stress call to action   Among the hundreds of thousands of identities stolen to make fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits, Ohio’s most vulnerable populations may experience the greatest harm.   More than 760,...

February 4, 2021 - 8:54 am

Navigating the world of taxes is more complex this year for low-income Ohioans. Community Legal Aid is sharing information about the issues that can impact filers.   “There are a number of new things to consider when filing your tax returns this...

January 20, 2021 - 10:25 am

Community Legal Aid is looking to hire an advocacy director to lead the organization’s litigation and systemic advocacy efforts.   Steve McGarrity, Legal Aid’s executive director, said he hopes this new position will take the nonprofit’s advocacy...

January 20, 2021 - 10:22 am

As everyone wraps up 2020, Community Legal Aid has its sights set on the new year.   “Last year was a tough year for social service agencies,” shared Dionne Dowdy, president of Legal Aid’s Board of Trustees. “From the shift in services to respond...

January 15, 2021 - 9:42 am

Statement from Executive Director Steven McGarrity On this day, Community Legal Aid stands proudly with our Black and Brown neighbors and celebrates a hero and civil rights leader’s life and legacy. The notion of protecting the ideals that Martin Luther...

January 5, 2021 - 2:36 pm

Community is looking for dedicated, hard-working, and public-interest minded law students for its Summer Associate Program. Legal Aid has opportunities available for 2L’s (with or without intern certificate) and 1L’s in four of our Northeast Ohio offices....

October 29, 2020 - 10:22 am

Community Legal Aid will host its first virtual 5k early next month. The contactless fundraiser will support the nonprofit’s legal services, client outreach, and educational programs.   The inaugural Race for Justice will take place the second week...

October 19, 2020 - 10:14 am

Stephanie Geer was struggling to make ends meet when she received a notice that her wages would be garnished. Money was already tight - she was working fewer hours so she could care for her terminally ill husband. With news of the pending garnishment, she...

September 28, 2020 - 11:26 am

Goodyear, Legal Aid team up to bring free legal advice James Wallace was looking for a better life for himself and his young kids when he decided to seal his criminal record. He wanted to pursue a career in the criminal justice field and help young men...

September 3, 2020 - 10:34 am

Legal advocates offer advice, help for those facing loss of income When the Covid-19 pandemic hit Ohio in early spring, most residents couldn’t have predicted the economic impact it would have. Like many others, Mark Coffman lost work when the state...

July 22, 2020 - 4:26 pm

Ohioans currently receiving unemployment -- or those still waiting for a decision -- will see some changes in the coming weeks to their benefits. First, Ohio’s unemployment program will be extended to offer an additional 20 weeks for those who exhaust...

July 13, 2020 - 1:42 pm

12 million Americans still awaiting stimulus checks   It’s beginning to look a lot like April. July 15th, the extended deadline to file 2019 federal and state income tax returns, is coming up in just a few short days. And for Ohioans who don’...

June 19, 2020 - 7:39 am

A statement from Community Legal Aid's executive director, Steven McGarrity This year, as we recognize Juneteenth, Community Legal Aid celebrates the heritage, culture, and contributions of our black colleagues, clients, partners, and community members. At...

June 15, 2020 - 1:27 pm

Statement from Executive Director Steven McGarrity The Supreme Court's decision today confirming that federal law protects gay and transgender employees from workplace discrimination is a great victory in the cause for justice in our nation. It is the...

June 10, 2020 - 10:36 pm

Nonprofit tightens focus in response to Covid-19, BLM movement Community Legal Aid is tightening its focus in the midst of Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement. Last week, the organization’s board of trustees passed a resolution to adopt a set...