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Clark County Juvenile Court and Legal Aid Work Together to Keep Kids in School

An innovative program in Springfield funded by the Supreme Court of Ohio is bringing together Clark County Juvenile Court, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE), and Springfield City Schools to help chronically absent kids and their families get back on the path to success in school. The program, envisioned and developed by Clark County Judge [...]

2023-01-09T13:51:22-05:00January 9th, 2023|

CareSource and the Foundation Team Up to Address Social Determinants of Health

When CareSource, one of the nation’s largest Medicaid managed care plans, set out to help address social determinants of health (SDOH), the Ohio Access to Justice Foundation was a natural partner. As the state’s access to justice entity, the Foundation understands that civil legal services are particularly effective in improving SDOH, as non-medical factors affect [...]

2023-01-09T10:15:05-05:00January 9th, 2023|

NAACP’s Crystal Bryant-Agyemang Adds Foundation’s DEI Committee to Impressive Resume

Crystal Bryant-Agyemang is a fierce advocate, leader, attorney, and public servant with a drive to serve her community. With a background in social work and the law, Bryant-Agyemang is an effective collaborator and organizer, a sought-after leader, and a staunch advocate for Ohioans impacted by the criminal justice system. As Executive Director of the Cleveland [...]

2023-01-10T13:47:34-05:00January 9th, 2023|

New Video Highlights Foundation’s Work

Since the Supreme Court of Ohio declared the Ohio Access to Justice Foundation the official access to justice entity of Ohio in 2019, the Foundation has been busy. Through the Foundation’s continued funding and support of Ohio’s legal aid organizations, its expanded focus on developing and funding access to justice initiatives like Ohio Legal Help [...]

2023-01-09T10:14:08-05:00January 9th, 2023|

Judge Denise McColley Leaves Legacy of Advocacy for Ohio Families

If there’s anyone who has earned retirement, it’s Henry County Family Court Judge Denise McColley. During her decades of experience as a magistrate and then as a judge, Judge McColley has worked tirelessly to enhance the legal system through programs and services for Ohioans. For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Ohio Access to Justice Foundation [...]

2022-10-10T11:53:03-05:00October 10th, 2022|

Foundation Funding Supports Latino Advocacy in Dayton

Katie Kersh has years of experience working with the immigrant community in Dayton as an attorney with Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE). When she became project director of a new community lawyering initiative at ABLE in 2019, it was the perfect opportunity to marry her legal experience with a new approach to building social [...]

2022-09-13T07:24:20-05:00September 8th, 2022|

Ohio Legal Help Launches Spanish Translation of Core Legal Content

When it comes to accessing legal information and resources, language should never be a barrier. The Migration Policy Institute estimates that roughly 24.8% of Ohio’s Spanish-speaking households — approximately 62,000 people — live below 100% of the federal poverty level. Ohio Legal Help, a Foundation grantee that leverages technology and innovation to improve justice and [...]

2022-09-13T07:24:40-05:00September 8th, 2022|

Lilly Cavanaugh Champions Ohio’s Latino Community

When Lilly Cavanaugh accepted the invitation to join the Ohio Access to Justice Foundation’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee, she was already familiar with the Foundation’s work. As Executive Director of the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission, Cavanaugh understood the value of access to civil legal services, particularly for new Americans, and the role the [...]

2022-09-13T07:24:57-05:00September 8th, 2022|

Meet Ellie Preston

The Foundation is excited to welcome Ellie Preston, our new Executive Assistant! Ellie is a native of Columbus, Ohio. Ellie is an experienced non-profit administrator who previously worked at Bridgeway Academy, a nonprofit education center serving children with autism and developmental disabilities. Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? I am a big fan [...]

2022-08-31T13:16:16-05:00August 31st, 2022|