The Ohio Justice Bus is happy to welcome Meredith Hood as the new program coordinator. Meredith brings to the Bus her experience as a legal assistant at Frost Brown Todd LLP and a practice group assistant at Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Peace LLP. She was also a 2023 Kirby Edmonds Summer Fellow with Human Rights Educators USA. Meredith holds a B.A. in political science from Wittenberg University and an M.A. in human rights practice from University of Arizona.

Q: What inspired you to join the Bus?

Housing, health care, family, and employment need protections, and that would not exist without legal advocacy. The Bus champions this daily. I am really delighted to join an organization that is so perceptive and engaged. Being able to tell clients face-to-face that someone cares about their situation and is going to provide the tools to improve it – that is incredibly rewarding.

Q: What’s your favorite book?

I have loved books throughout every season of my life. As a child one of my favorites was The Tale of Desperaux, as a teenager it was The Outsiders, and most recently it has been Lessons in Chemistry. I like that my next favorite is yet to be discovered.

Q: Coffee or tea?

As Lorelai Gilmore would say, “I need coffee in an IV.” Tea is also great, just not essential to survival.

Q: Do you have any hobbies?

Aside from reading I love to spoil my rescue dog, Jeb. I would adopt many more dogs if he would allow it. I really enjoy thrifting and going to the movies. I am also a serious Swiftie.

Q: What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

When I was 11 I wrote a letter to President George W. Bush arguing kids should have the right to vote. I even included a petition I circulated around my elementary school. He responded with a note thanking me for my interest in civics and an autographed photo of him and the First Lady. He did not grant my request.

Q: What’s your life motto?

In a world where you can be anything, be kind.