COLUMBUS, Ohio (February 13, 2019) — The Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation has named the 2019 class of Justice for All Fellows. Through the fellowship program, new attorneys focus on urgent legal issues facing Ohioans in two-year fellowships beginning in September 2019.
Since 1999, the Foundation has sponsored fellows, who work on a variety of legal challenges for Ohioans struggling to make ends meet. More than 80 percent of the fellows funded by the Foundation remain in public service today, working in the nonprofit sector, for the government, and for legal aids around the state.
“Our organization is committed to the proposition of justice for all,” said Angie Lloyd, executive director of the Foundation. “Justice for All Fellows help ensure that equal justice under the law is a right, not a privilege.”
The 2019 Justice for All Fellows are:
Adam Vincent, Southeastern Ohio Legal Services
Vincent will help remove barriers to employment for southeastern Ohioans. By helping clients reinstate their driver’s licenses, Vincent will make it easier for people to get work and obtain self-sufficiency.
He is currently a third-year law student at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
Nicole Iraola, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality
Iraola will work with immigrant communities in Ohio to both educate and provide legal help to immigrants. A bilingual Latina, Iraola will regularly visit detention centers and conduct “Know Your Rights” presentations to detainees.
She is currently a third-year law student at the University of Nebraska College of Law.
Ayesha Cotton, Community Legal Aid
As part of an innovative partnership between the LeBron James Family Foundation’s I Promise School and legal aid, Cotton will offer wraparound services to students and families at the I Promise Family Resource Center to mitigate barriers to security and stability.
She is currently a third-year law student at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
Headshots are available for download here.
The Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation improves access to justice for all Ohioans. Established in 1994, the Foundation funds Ohio’s legal aids through the IOLTA/IOTA program, a civil filing fee surcharge, and donations. Legal aid helps families, children, veterans, seniors, and other Ohioans struggling to make ends meet get back on their feet and on the road to self-sufficiency. Through the Foundation’s work, Ohioans have access to legal help, advice, and representation, which ensures fairness for all in the justice system.