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Sophia Chang joins the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation as pro bono director

Contact: Jennifer Rieman; (614) 715-8572; jrieman@olaf.org COLUMBUS, Ohio (September 26, 2018) — The Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation (OLAF) has hired Sophia Chang as pro bono director. Chang is an attorney with eight years of experience practicing in both government and the private sector. As pro bono director, Chang will support local and statewide efforts to grow [...]

September 26th, 2018|

Court Seeking Applications for Civil Justice Fund to Help Ohioans in Need

The Ohio Supreme Court is accepting applications for a program aimed at improving access to justice for low-income, underserved, and disadvantaged Ohioans. Read more in Court News Ohio.

September 5th, 2018|

Kristin Riebsomer: Justice for All Fellow

Kristin Riebsomer didn’t love law school, but she did love her internship at a local legal aid office. “It was really the thing that kept me going,” she said. “My classes Monday through Wednesday were worth it because of the work that I got to do at my internship. It made me realize that law [...]

August 27th, 2018|

Lauren Wert: Justice for All Fellow

Lauren Wert has devoted much of her life to public service. After graduating from college, she entered the Peace Corps and served in Guatemala for two years. When she came back to the U.S., she interned at a non-profit working on immigration issues, and was inspired by several female attorneys there to apply to law [...]

August 27th, 2018|

Caitlin DiCresce: Justice for All Fellow

Caitlin DiCresce always knew that she wanted to work with children. After enrolling in pre-law classes as an undergrad, she decided to apply to law school and selected the Mortiz College of Law partly due to their Justice for Children Clinic. A clerkship at The Legal Aid Society of Columbus led DiCresce to the Foundation’s [...]

August 27th, 2018|

Patrick Higgins: Justice for All Fellow

It took an experience abroad working at a nongovernmental organization for Patrick Higgins to realize that many of the poverty issues he was devoted to solving were an issue back home in the U.S. too. It spurred his decision to attend law school, and it eventually brought him to Ohio Poverty Law Center as a [...]

August 27th, 2018|

Suzy Firestone: Justice for All Fellow

Suzy Firestone knows that her work makes a difference. She recently won an asylum case for a woman and her child who fled Guatemala after suffering severe domestic violence. “It was someone I had worked with for a year and a half, so it was an extremely satisfying win,” she said. Early in her career [...]

August 27th, 2018|

OLAF board member Bill Dowling receives pro bono award

Akron attorney and OLAF board member William Dowling has been named a recipient of the 2018 John and Ginny Elam Pro Bono Award. The award recognizes a lawyer's pro bono legal work in Ohio to provide access to justice for all. Bill has demonstrated exceptional commitment to pro bono legal services throughout his career and most [...]

August 22nd, 2018|

Prime Partner Banks improve access to justice in Ohio

Contact: Jennifer Rieman (614) 715-8572 jrieman@olaf.org COLUMBUS (August 15, 2018) — The Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation has announced its 2018 Prime Partners, financial institutions committed to improving access to justice for Ohioans struggling to meet ends meet. Prime Partners offer premium interest rates on Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) and Interest on Trust Accounts [...]

August 15th, 2018|

Applicants sought for 2019 Justice for All Fellowship

Lawyers have the power to perform transformative work that changes lives, particularly for low-income Ohioans. That’s the guiding principle of Patrick Higgins’ work, an Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation Justice for All Fellow at the Ohio Poverty Law Center. Higgins’ fellowship centers on removing barriers to employment. He recently helped seal the record of a domestic [...]

July 11th, 2018|