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COLUMBUS, Ohio (September 26, 2018) — The Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation (OLAF) has hired Sophia Chang as pro bono director. Chang is an attorney with eight years of experience practicing in both government and the private sector.

As pro bono director, Chang will support local and statewide efforts to grow pro bono resources in Ohio. She will collaborate with legal aids, the Supreme Court, and state and metro bar associations to implement a statewide vision for pro bono partnerships and alliances.

Chang joins OLAF from the Court of Claims where she was a magistrate presiding over hearings for cases brought against the State of Ohio and its agencies. Prior to serving as magistrate, Chang was a staff attorney with the Court of Claims and was previously an attorney with American Electric Power.

“Sophia is a terrific addition to our team,” said Angie Lloyd, executive director. “We look forward to her fresh ideas and expertise as we expand and develop new pro bono resources, a crucial component to improving access to justice for Ohioans struggling to make ends meet.”

Chang has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The Ohio State University. She holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration from The Ohio State University John Glenn School of Public Affairs and a Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

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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.