Columbus, OH-January 9, 2017 The Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation (“the Foundation”) today announced the 2017 Class of Justice for All Fellows. Through the fellowship program, four outstanding law school graduates will focus on urgent issues facing individuals and families throughout Ohio in two-year fellowships that begin in September, 2017.
Caitlin DiCresce (Columbus)
Host Site: The Legal Aid Society of Columbus
Project Description: Serve domestic violence victims holistically.
Kristin Riebsomer (Cincinnati)
Host Site: Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati
Project Description: Improve outcomes for pregnant women.
Aisha Sleiman (Toledo)
Host Site: Advocates for Basic Legal Equality
Project Description: Seek development opportunities through community reinvestment and revitalization.
Lauren Wert (Columbus)
Host Site: Community Refugee & Immigration Services
Project Description: Create pro bono project coordinator for unaccompanied immigrant minors.
“Our organization is committed to the proposition of justice for all,” said Angela M. Lloyd, the Foundation’s Executive Director. “Caitlin, Kristin, Aisha, and Lauren will help fulfill the promise of equal access to justice by providing legal help to Ohio’s most underserved populations.”
Since 1999, the Foundation has sponsored cutting edge work by fellows to sustain housing and prevent homelessness; to ensure economic stability; to keep kids healthy and in school; and to serve Ohio’s veterans. More than 80% of the fellows funded by the Foundation remain in public interest today, working in the nonprofit sector, for the government, and for legal aids around the state.