Lauren Gilbride Uses Technology to Connect Volunteers and Clients

Lauren Gilbride, managing attorney of The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland’s Intake Department and Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP), had a lightbulb moment while interning during high school and college for the Visiting Nurse Association. Her beloved aunt headed the mental health unit at the association and connected Gilbride with a job there. “It gave me [...]

2021-10-19T08:25:44-05:00October 19th, 2021|

Dianna Parker Grows Pro Bono at OSLSA, Even During a Pandemic

Dianna Parker, director of pro bono and community engagement for the Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA), has always held Central Ohio’s legal community in high esteem. Her volunteers are the lawyers who have a track record of stepping up to the plate, providing pro bono service, and supporting legal aid’s mission through various volunteer [...]

2021-10-14T10:33:34-05:00October 14th, 2021|

Kelly Henrici and Dayton’s Volunteer Attorneys Step Up to a Challenge

Managing a pro bono program has its challenges in the best of times, but for Kelly Henrici, executive director of the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project (GDVLP), there has been an extraordinary number of obstacles in recent years. In 2019, multiple tornados ripped through the Dayton area, causing severe damage and devastating the community. Shortly [...]

2021-10-12T07:37:11-05:00October 12th, 2021|

From Volunteer to Pro Bono Leader: Ken Mirkin Comes Full Circle

Ken Mirkin, managing attorney of Community Legal Aid’s Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLSP), understands the pro bono experience because he’s been there. In 2010, Mirkin started his legal aid career as a volunteer, helping low-income northeast Ohioans navigate the foreclosure crisis. “I was really drawn to helping people stay in their homes,” he said. “It [...]

2021-10-12T07:36:42-05:00October 7th, 2021|

Hearts of Gold: Rural Attorneys Follow Missy LaRocco’s lead

Missy LaRocco, pro bono director at Legal Aid of Western Ohio (LAWO), was supposed to head to Syracuse in New York for law school. Instead, she changed her plans to attend Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law when her grandpa became sick. Staying close to home to help her family was more important. LaRocco’s [...]

2021-10-12T07:36:09-05:00October 5th, 2021|

Legal Aid Lawyer Profile: Katie Kersh, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality

At Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE), Katie Kersh is a senior attorney and project director. A critical member of the Agricultural Worker and Immigrant Rights Practice Group, Kersh represents immigrants in federal court and class action lawsuits and advises on legal matters related to immigration, including U Visa applications, asylum, naturalization, and inadmissibility waivers. [...]

2021-09-30T13:23:48-05:00September 30th, 2021|

Board Member Q&A Profile: Bill Dowling, Dowling Mediation

The Ohio Access to Justice Foundation’s directors serve from across the state and are committed to improving access to justice. Read more board member profiles. What part of your professional background best informs your service on the Foundation’s board? When I started my career, I worked for a very large Cleveland law firm. One of [...]

2021-09-28T08:53:03-05:00September 28th, 2021|

Meet Amanda Blake

The Foundation is excited to welcome, Amanda Blake, the Program Manager for the Ohio Justice Bus! Amanda is a social worker who previously worked as the Director of Intensive Rapid Rehousing Plus for the Homeless Families Foundation. Q: What led you to this career? To put it simply, the innate desire to help people. Growing [...]

2021-09-21T10:18:25-05:00September 21st, 2021|

Board Member Q&A Profile: Chris Davey, The Davey Group

The Ohio Access to Justice Foundation’s Board of Directors serve from across the state and are committed to improving access to justice. Meet Board Member Chris Davey, president and founder of The Davey Group. What do you admire most about the mission of the Foundation?  Since we expanded our thinking and began to think of [...]

2021-08-31T09:56:22-05:00August 27th, 2021|