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New Name, Same Mission: Legal Aid of Southeast and Central Ohio

Foundation grantees The Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC), Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (SEOLS), and the Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA) have merged to form the nonprofit Legal Aid of Southeast and Central Ohio. While the nonprofit has a new name and logo, it will maintain its outstanding track record of providing high-quality legal [...]

2024-03-12T10:41:06-05:00March 11th, 2024|

Meet Meredith Hood

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 [...]

2024-02-16T15:19:01-05:00February 15th, 2024|

Judge Ron Adrine: Trailblazer for Justice in Northeast Ohio and Beyond

Though it’s been six years since he retired from the Cleveland Municipal Court, Judge Ron Adrine hasn’t slowed down. After an impressive 36 years of service on the bench, Judge Adrine continues his advocacy for Ohio’s most vulnerable as a member of the Foundation’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Standing Committee. Judge Adrine first became [...]

2024-02-12T16:10:56-05:00February 12th, 2024|

Former Foundation Board Member Lived Life of Service

The Foundation was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former Ohio Senate President and Ohio Access to Justice Foundation Board member Stanley Aronoff on Jan. 31. Aronoff, appointed to the Foundation’s Board of Directors in 1997 by the Ohio Senate, was an instrumental Board member until 2011, serving on the Public Policy Committee, [...]

2024-02-13T12:42:47-05:00February 12th, 2024|

Rural Practice Incentive Program Helps Bridge Access to Justice Divide

An exciting new program is increasing access to justice for rural Ohioans by helping newly licensed attorneys choose underserved counties for their practice. The Rural Practice Incentive Program, administered by the Ohio Department of Higher Education and supported by the Supreme Court of Ohio and the Ohio State Bar Association, offers loan repayment assistance to [...]

2024-02-13T12:02:01-05:00February 12th, 2024|

Black History Month: Spotlighting Black Leaders

February is National Black History Month, a time to acknowledge and celebrate the political, social, and cultural contributions of African Americans. The Foundation is proud to recognize the many Black justice leaders, attorneys, and advocates who have dedicated their careers to bettering their communities and building a more just and equitable Ohio for all. Here’s [...]

2024-02-13T12:40:22-05:00February 12th, 2024|

From the Office to the Arena, Kathi Schear Lives in Service to Others

Attorney Kathi Schear has had a long and storied career at Legal Aid of Southeast and Central Ohio, formerly The Legal Aid Society of Columbus, working in nearly every practice area since she joined the organization in 1980. Schear has coordinated legal aid's pro bono efforts and worked in housing, family law, unemployment compensation, reentry, [...]

2024-01-09T09:59:51-05:00January 8th, 2024|

Civil Legal Support for Families Impacted by SUD Grows in 2024

For Ohioans and their families struggling with substance use disorders (SUD), a civil legal problem is often one more roadblock on the path to recovery. Ohio’s legal organizations are experts in removing these roadblocks, helping low-income Ohio families impacted by SUD secure housing and health care services, ensure children are cared for, escape domestic violence, [...]

2024-01-08T11:14:16-05:00January 8th, 2024|