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CRT, from a law prof’s POV


By Brant Lee, guest writer and Professor of Law and Assistant Dean for Diversity and Social Justice Initiatives at the University of Akron School of Law Since January 2021, 37 states have proposed, passed, or signed into law bills restricting...

Legal Aid amplifies Black voices for Black History Month


Non-profit highlights staff and volunteer contributions to justice In honor of Black History Month, Community Legal Aid is sharing stories of advocates who are making a difference in the community. Amplifying Black Voices is a collection of videos...

Celebrating our own Black history


By Steven McGaritty, executive director This is not your average, obligatory Black History Month article. I’m not going to pontificate on Martin Luther King Jr. or share some quote or meme from social media about the importance of diversit...

Medicaid: It’s not really about eligibility


By Marie Curry, managing attorney Our health system is in a state of suspended animation. And I’m not just talking about COVID. Roughly 4 million Ohioans rely on Medicaid for their health insurance. That’s one-quarter of our state’s population....

Taxes: The great equalizer... or not


by Dana Goldstein, staff attorney There is a saying (attributed to Ben Franklin) that says, “nothing is certain except death and taxes.” It is true that these two unwanted guests visit us all. But when it comes to taxes, do they visit us all in...

So you’re being stalked? Prove it.


By Jeanne Charles, managing attorney I called the police, and they won’t do anything. They said there is nothing they can do. No one is going to do anything until I’m dead. There’s a saying in the justice field: burden of proof....

Credit costs more for the poor


by Ashley Hall, staff attorney It’s a new year. Time for a fresh start. And yet. When January rolls around, we all have to reconcile our decisions from the last eight+ weeks prior -- the food we bought (and consumed), the gifts we gave,...

We are one body


By John Petit, managing attorney, and Rachel Nader, advocacy director If there is one thing we learned over this pandemic, it's that we are all connected. When we are facing a contagious disease, if we don't act as one, we are all at risk....

Through the lens of an intake worker


by Jenna Wyatt, HelpLine paralegal On a typical week as an intake worker at Community Legal Aid, I speak with up to 150 people seeking help from our organization. While we are able to accept many cases, far too often I have to tell our applicants ...

It’s not a zero-sum game


by Maria Duvuvuei, communications & development director It’s that time of year again. And no, I’m not talking about the transition to football playoff season. ‘Tis the season to be giving -- charitably, that is. This time of year, when ...