Mold and Lead Cases and How to Deal with Them

Mold and Lead Cases and How to Deal With Them


March 24, 2017 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Summit County Public Health department

1867 W. Market St; Building A

Akron, Ohio

A free CLE for CLAS attorneys, partners, and volunteers

3.50 hours CLE credits have been requested from the Ohio Supreme Court.


Course Description:

Legal Aid has noticed more mold and lead cases in our case load for tenants. This course is designed to teach attorneys what the regulations are surrounding lead and mold poisoning cases; how lead and mold poisoning affects the human body, especially a child’s; what litigation strategies are available including defenses to eviction; and what other resources are in our communities to abate lead poisoning and mold allergies.


Attorney Kira Wilpone-Welborn – Kira is an attorney licensed in Illinois and working at the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing in Chicago engaged in litigation around the issues of mold and lead in rental units. She graduated from DePaul Law School. Her advocacy centers around tenant rights and she believes that access to adequate housing is a human right.

Renee Dell – Renee dell is the Summit County Health Department’s expert on lead cases. She is a registered sanitarian with 13 years of experience with the Summit County Health Department. She coordinates the Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. She manages the housing division of the Department dealing with a wide variety of housing issues.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Kent State in Biological Sciences and holds multiple registrations and certificates in her fields.

Sam Rubens – Sam Rubens is an Assistant Director of Environmental Health at Summit County Public Health. He has a BS in Chemistry from Kent State University and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Akron. He is also the Administrator of the Akron Regional Air Quality Management District, a three county local air agency for the Ohio EPA. He began his career in public health in air quality and was the coordinator of the Indoor Air Quality program. Over the past 22 years, the IAQ program has helped over 7,500 people and businesses with understanding the issues around IAQ. In the past two years, his role has expanded to include other public health programs at SCPH such as housing, solid waste, mosquito control and the HUD lead grant program.

 Dr. Joel Davidson, M.D. MD serves as a general pediatrician at the Locust Pediatric Care Group and is medical director of the L.E.A.D. clinic at Akron Children’s Hospital as well as being a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Northeast Ohio Medical University. Clinical and research interests involve serving vulnerable populations including children with complex medical needs, children in foster care, children in poverty, and newly resettled refugees. Dr. Davidson is responsible for education of pediatric residents as the coordinator for the community pediatrics rotation. He is a medical champion in Akron’s Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law (HEAL) Medical-Legal Partnership.

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For additional information:
contact Gary Benjamin
by phone at
(330) 983-2537
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