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|

Foundation Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Launches Its Work

In late July, the Ohio Access to Justice Foundation convened a new, standing committee, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. The committee is composed of a handful of Foundation board members and other leaders from around the state who represent organizations ranging from the private bar to Ohio’s Black Judges Association to the Ohio Commission [...]

2022-08-09T13:47:13-05:00August 9th, 2022|

Foundation Justice for All Fellows Share Experiences to Optimize Success

Many people spend a lifetime searching for a job that complements their strengths, offers professional development and support, and contributes to the greater good. Ohio Access to Justice Foundation Justice for All Fellows check all boxes thanks to the Foundation’s innovative fellowship program. Since 1999, the Foundation has funded 88 Fellows to develop and execute [...]

2022-08-09T14:06:03-05:00August 8th, 2022|

Families “Get on the Bus” to Solve Legal Challenges: OhioKAN Partnership

The results are in from the new partnership between the Ohio Justice Bus and Ohio Kinship and Adoption Navigator (OhioKAN). The organizations teamed up this summer to help families with legal issues related to kinship care and adoption, traveling the state to host legal clinics in 21 Ohio counties. The first-ever collaboration concluded with encouraging [...]

2022-08-09T12:34:15-05:00August 8th, 2022|

Mary Asbury: Legal Aid Change Agent

When Mary Asbury became the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati in 1988, she considered herself fortunate to take over an organization that already had an established strategic planning process. Every four years, Legal Aid reaches out to community members to determine the most critical legal needs, a process that has [...]

2023-03-07T11:17:04-05:00August 8th, 2022|

Foundation hosts Diversity Summer Clerkship Panel

For law students just starting their legal career, a clerkship funded by the Ohio Access to Justice Foundation offers professional experience, networking opportunities, and personal growth. This June, to help law students get the most out of their clerkship, the Foundation teamed up with Barnes & Thornburg to host a Diversity Summer Clerkship Panel. Justice [...]

2022-07-12T08:46:57-05:00July 8th, 2022|

The Ohio Justice Bus Hits the Road with OhioKAN

On an unseasonably cool June day, the Ohio Justice Bus pulled into the parking lot of the Jackson, Ohio, public library, staffed with attorneys and team members from Ohio Kinship and Adoption Navigator (OhioKAN) ready to help families struggling with legal issues related to kinship care and adoption.

2022-07-12T08:47:25-05:00July 8th, 2022|

Foundation Board President Jennifer Day Takes the Lead

Ohio Access to Justice Foundation Board President Jennifer Day has had several big jobs in government, but two stand out as preparation for her role on the Foundation’s Board of Directors. When she was Chief Assistant Prosecutor for the Family Law Division in the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office, and Chief of the Crime Victims Division at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, it opened her eyes to how difficult it can be for Ohioans to access legal services and representation.

2022-07-12T08:47:47-05:00July 8th, 2022|