Pro Bono Month 2021

Immigration Attorney Jessica Ramos Discovers Her Passion for Pro Bono Service

Jessica Ramos is the managing attorney of the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) at the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati. Jessica joined the VLP earlier this year from Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE) where she spent eleven years in the Agricultural Worker and Immigrant Rights Practice Group. Jessica obtained both her bachelor’s and master’s [...]

2021-10-28T14:03:09-05:00October 28th, 2021|

Kayla Callahan Finds Her Niche Coordinating Pro Bono Services

Connecting Central Ohioans to resources that encourage and help them advocate for themselves is one of the things that Legal Aid Society of Columbus Pro Bono Coordinator Kayla Callahan loves most about working at legal aid. But as passionate as she is now, Callahan was not always sure of the career path she would take. [...]

2021-10-21T08:53:23-05:00October 21st, 2021|

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 have 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 [...]

2021-11-02T10:25:57-05:00October 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|