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Justice for All Fellow Victoria Hamilton Establishes Clinic for Asylum-Seekers

As an undergraduate at Case Western Reserve University, first-year Ohio Access to Justice Foundation Justice for All Fellow Victoria Hamilton interned for the InterReligious Task Force on Central America, a Cleveland-based nonprofit organization that works on education and advocacy around justice issues in Central America. “I was really drawn to the global perspective and the [...]

2022-01-19T09:53:37-05:00January 19th, 2022|

Justice for All Fellow Rachel Barr Advocates for Children with Special Needs

Since beginning her fellowship at the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati last September, second-year Ohio Access to Justice Foundation Justice for All Fellow Rachel Barr has helped dozens of families get the legal help they need to improve life for their children. Barr’s fellowship supports Child HeLP, a medical-legal partnership between Cincinnati Children’s Hospital [...]

2022-01-12T13:52:10-05:00January 12th, 2022|

New Admittee Pro Bono Challenge Encourages Pro Bono Service

Lawyers have unique skills that make a real difference in the lives of Ohioans. The Ohio Access to Justice Foundation’s New Admittee Pro Bono Challenge puts those skills to the test. The Challenge – a new initiative from the Foundation to bolster interest in pro bono service – encourages fall 2021 admittees to the Ohio Bar [...]

2022-01-19T07:57:05-05:00January 6th, 2022|

Justice for All Fellow Julia Lauritzen Grows Civil-Criminal Legal Partnership in Northeast Ohio

Although second-year Ohio Access to Justice Foundation Justice for All Fellow Julia Lauritzen was excited to begin her fellowship at The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland last fall, she wasn’t sure exactly how it would go, given the COVID-19 pandemic. “I came in with vague expectations,” Lauritzen said. “But I think I envisioned having more [...]

2022-01-05T09:57:12-05:00January 5th, 2022|

Board Member Q&A Profile: Mary Amos Augsburger, Ohio State Bar Association

The Ohio Access to Justice Foundation’s directors serve from across the state and are committed to improving access to justice. Meet Mary Amos Augsburger, Foundation board treasurer and Chief Executive Officer of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA). What inspired you to get involved with access to justice work/civil legal services arena? It goes right [...]

2021-12-16T09:37:30-05:00December 16th, 2021|

Justice for All Fellow Russell Hauser Pushes Educational Advocacy for Vulnerable Black and Brown Youth

First-year Ohio Access to Justice Foundation Justice for All Fellow Russell Hauser had three key moments that solidified his path to juvenile justice work. First, he worked at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) as an office assistant. While there, he conducted research on the shackling of juveniles. It was then that Hauser’s eyes were [...]

2021-12-21T11:32:32-05:00December 9th, 2021|

Justice for All Fellow Nicole Cote Fights Stigma Against Sex Workers through Trauma-Informed Advocacy

Through her fellowship with Advocating Opportunity, first-year Ohio Access to Justice Foundation Justice for All Fellow Nicole Cote wants to bring light to one of the most marginalized groups in society – sex workers. Cote’s fellowship, entitled “The Safe Call Project,” provides holistic civil legal services and protections to individuals engaged in consensual sex work [...]

2021-12-21T11:26:23-05:00November 24th, 2021|

Justice for All Fellow Caitlyn McDaniel Helps Keep Southeastern Ohioans Safely Housed

One year into her Ohio Access to Justice Foundation Justice for All Fellowship, Caitlyn McDaniel finally has a sense that she’s in the swing of things. At Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (SEOLS), McDaniel helped set up the Tenant Advocacy Project (TAP), which provides free legal information, advice, and representation to low-income tenants facing eviction. Supporting [...]

2021-11-18T12:52:36-05:00November 17th, 2021|

Justice for All Fellow Rebekah Tefft Helps Domestic Violence Survivors Navigate the Path Forward

When advocating for domestic violence survivors, it’s crucial to handle cases with a trauma-informed lens. That’s one of the biggest lessons Rebekah Tefft, second-year Ohio Access to Justice Foundation Justice for All Fellow, learned over the past year of her fellowship at The Legal Aid Society of Columbus. “When working with [the clients], sometimes the [...]

2021-11-04T12:28:11-05:00November 4th, 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|