Pro Bono Challenge Winner Has Big Dreams and Plans

The Ohio Access to Justice Foundation’s New Admittee Pro Bono Challenge came at a perfect time for attorney Elizabeth Haavisto. A recent University of Akron School of Law graduate, Haavisto had a three-month break between passing the bar and starting her new position as a legal fellow at Goodyear. Rather than kick back and enjoy [...]

2023-05-10T09:24:51-05:00May 10th, 2023|

Ibrahima Sow Champions Rights for African Immigrants

Ibrahima Sow is a servant-leader and an advocate passionate about creating opportunities to improve equity among marginalized groups. As a network director with United Way of Central Ohio’s Success by Third Grade movement, he collaborates with regional school districts and community partners to eliminate barriers to learning and implement systems-level change, ensuring that every child [...]

2023-05-10T09:22:00-05:00May 10th, 2023|

Legal Aid Leaders and Legislators Meet at the Ohio Statehouse

Over 60 legal aid attorneys, board members, and staff gathered at the Ohio Statehouse on May 9 for Legal Aid Day, an event hosted by the Ohio Access to Justice Foundation that helps educate legislators about legal aid’s impact. Since the first Legal Aid Day in 2013, legal aid and the Foundation have strengthened relationships [...]

2023-05-10T13:06:39-05:00May 10th, 2023|

International Institute of Akron Helps New Americans Achieve Safety and Security

The International Institute of Akron (IIA) is a lifeline for immigrants and refugees resettling in the Akron area. IIA, a nonprofit organization that helps immigrants achieve an empowered life with dignity, connection, and belonging, is an Ohio Access to Justice Foundation grantee and a valued partner in helping new Americans achieve safety and security in [...]

2023-05-10T10:10:02-05:00May 10th, 2023|

Foundation Board Member Kim Shumate Leads by Example

When Kim Shumate was a young attorney serving as co-chair of the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Task Force on Pro Se and Indigent Litigants, she had the opportunity to get to know the late Chief Justice Thomas Moyer. The Chief Justice, impressed by Shumate’s dedication to access to justice, appointed her in 2005 to the [...]

2023-04-11T09:22:56-05:00April 11th, 2023|

Ohio Attorneys: Pro Bono Survey is Now Live

Each year, the Supreme Court of Ohio and the Ohio Access to Justice Foundation partner to ask Ohio attorneys to report pro bono hours and financial contributions to charitable legal organizations. The Foundation is pleased to share that the survey to report 2022 hours is now live. Reporting your hours is critical to our ability [...]

2023-04-11T11:49:19-05:00April 11th, 2023|

Ohio Access to Justice Foundation Awards $2.79 Million to Nonprofits Statewide

The Ohio Access to Justice Foundation, the largest funder of civil legal services in Ohio, has announced funding awards for 19 nonprofit legal service providers totaling $2.79 million. The Foundation is granting more than $1.64 million to nonprofits to shore up funding diminished by the pandemic and to support new special projects to address the [...]

2023-04-11T09:04:30-05:00April 11th, 2023|

Foundation Celebrates Women’s History Month

The Foundation is proud to celebrate Women’s History Month in March. Women’s History Month celebrates the rich legacy and contribution of the countless women who have fought for equality and justice nationwide. The Foundation is pleased to acknowledge the many women across the state of Ohio who are leaders, advocates, and change agents committed to [...]

2023-03-13T08:05:24-05:00March 13th, 2023|

Equality Ohio Addresses LGBTQ+ Legal Needs

Equality Ohio is a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure lived and legal equality for LGBTQ+ Ohioans. Through advocacy, community outreach, and civil legal services, Equality Ohio works to create an Ohio where LGBTQ+ people are thriving. The Ohio Access to Justice Foundation supports Equality Ohio through funding for their civil legal services [...]

2023-03-14T07:22:45-05:00March 13th, 2023|