Makiedah Messam Rises to the Occasion

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE)'s new Executive Director, Makiedah Messam, brings diverse and impressive experiences to her service at ABLE. Having worked domestically and internationally in both nonprofit and government, Messam brings decades of experience in public interest law to ABLE, a Foundation-funded legal aid serving northwest and west-central Ohio. Jamaican-born Messam grew up [...]

2024-06-11T08:20:39-05:00June 11th, 2024|

Nueva Luz Offers a Haven for People Living with HIV/AIDS

For people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA), Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center (Nueva Luz) serves as a vital support system. Through holistic and wraparound services, including housing, nutrition, recovery, and legal services, Nueva Luz provides PLWHA the necessary resources to ensure they can live safe and healthy lives. The Foundation supports Nueva Luz by [...]

2024-06-11T08:19:10-05:00June 11th, 2024|

Foundation Hosts Legislative Lunch and Learn

On June 5, the Foundation hosted a lunch and learn session at the Riffe Center for Ohio House legislative staff members eager to learn how Ohio’s legal aids can benefit constituents. Foundation Executive Director Angie Lloyd highlighted the resources available for constituents with civil legal needs, including Ohio’s legal aids, Ohio Legal Help, and the [...]

2024-06-11T08:17:37-05:00June 11th, 2024|

Ohio Legal Help Launches New Content for Ukrainian Arrivals

Ohio Legal Help, a Foundation grantee that leverages technology and innovation to help all Ohioans access the civil justice system, first expanded its content to a broader community when it launched a Spanish version of the site in 2022. Now, the nonprofit has added new content and a self-help tool for recent arrivals from Ukraine, [...]

2024-06-11T08:21:23-05:00June 11th, 2024|

Foundation Releases 2023 Annual Report: Accelerating Justice

From workforce development and community stabilization to individual stories of success, the Ohio Access to Justice Foundation drives access to justice across the diverse landscape of Ohio. The Foundation’s 2023 Annual Report details how each Foundation grant, initiative, and innovation accelerates the pace of positive change, paving the path toward a more just and equitable [...]

2024-05-13T09:15:37-05:00May 13th, 2024|

Ohio Justice Bus Volunteer Attorney Receives Elam Pro Bono Award

Attorney Debra Rothstein Clark has always been committed to serving others. During her long and accomplished career at the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati, Rothstein Clark helped hundreds of low-income Ohioans access legal services, a commitment she has continued in retirement. For her extraordinary pro bono service to the Clermont County Domestic Relations Court, [...]

2024-05-14T13:30:06-05:00May 13th, 2024|

Legislators and Pro Bono Leaders Honored at the Ohio Statehouse

On May 7, the Ohio Access to Justice Foundation joined the Ohio State Bar Association to celebrate excellence in the legal profession. The Foundation presented the 2024 Voice of Justice Award to Representative Kevin Miller and the 2024 Presidential Award to Robin Bozian at the Ohio Bar Annual Meeting of Members at the Ohio Statehouse. [...]

2024-05-14T08:34:58-05:00May 13th, 2024|

ABA Day in Washington, D.C. Highlights Legal Aid’s Impact

Each spring, the Ohio Access to Justice Foundation joins legal leaders from around Ohio and the country at the American Bar Association’s ABA Day in Washington, D.C. The event brings together leaders of the ABA, and state and local bars, to advocate on Capitol Hill on issues of importance to the legal profession. ABA Day [...]

2024-04-16T13:06:50-05:00April 16th, 2024|

Social Services for the Arab Community Puts Immigrant Needs First

Social Services for the Arab Community (SSFAC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that immigrants from Arab nations have everything they need to achieve self-sufficiency and thrive. From translation services to employment services to immigration legal services, SSFAC provides a wealth of resources to help immigrants transition to their new lives in America. The [...]

2024-06-05T13:58:43-05:00April 16th, 2024|