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Legal Aid honors the service of volunteers


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...

Free clinic offers help to those in Ohio with criminal records


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 youn...

Thousands of Ohio workers stagnant in overwhelmed unemployment system


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 ...

Changes coming to unemployment programs


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 exh...

Looming tax deadline especially important to low-income families


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 ...

Juneteenth: A time for celebration, but also re-commitment


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 me...

Legal Aid's statement on Supreme Court workplace discrimination ruling


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...

Eviction, income, racial justice are top priorities, says Legal Aid Board


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 adop...

Legal Aid's statement on events of the past week


Statement from Executive Director Steven McGarrity Community Legal Aid stands in solidarity with our black and brown brothers and sisters, and with all who have experienced the oppression of inequity and injustice. Our organization was founded ...

Local attorneys recognized for pro bono service


Each year, Community Legal Aid honors attorneys who demonstrate a commitment to serve and strengthen our community by their involvement in the Volunteer Legal Services Program. Typically, these attorneys are named during Law Week events held the firs...