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Beneficiaries to benefactors: Serving clients creates advocates for justice


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 cl...

Justice helps bridge our political divide


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...

Trumbull judge honored at Statehouse


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 ...

We still have debtors' prisons in 2022


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. Yo...

How to solve the eviction crisis


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 ar...

This landlord wants 80% fewer evictions


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 ...

Roots matter: Housing stability is critical


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, ...

Legal Aid welcomes fundraiser Smith


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 about...

Immigration attorney talks crisis in Ukraine


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 fami...

Point-Counterpoint: Major potential impacts of HB 508


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 right...