Legal Aid Society of Cleveland


Founded in 1905, Legal Aid is the fifth oldest legal aid organization in the US. Legal Aid has four offices and serves clients in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain counties.
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Primary geographic focus: Ohio
Organization type(s): Provider
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News Story

Legal Aid, Collaborative call Cleveland police consent decree “comprehensive”

Mary Kilpatrick
Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
May 27, 2015
Article covering the reactions in the wake of the consent decree between the U.S. Department of Justice and the city of Cleveland.

Op-Ed

We don’t need fewer lawyers. We need cheaper ones.

Martha Bergmark
Washington Post
June 2, 2015
Unable to afford representation, more Americans are going to court alone, and they're losing. An opinion piece by Voices for Civil Justice Executive Director Martha Bergmark.

Feature

The Justice Gap: How Big Law Is Failing Legal Aid

Susan Beck
ALM
June 29, 2015
An in-depth examination of law firms' lack of financial contributions to civil legal aid.

News Story

$45 Billion Zuckerberg-Chan Pledge Has Charities Excited — and Wary

Chronicle of Philanthropy
December 4, 2015
Leaders at grant-seeking charities say they are excited to see what Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his spouse have in mind for the $45 billion they pledged to doing good in the world — and wary of the broader impact it may have on philanthropy.

News Story

Judge orders notorious Cleveland landlords to pay $4 million to female tenants

Rachel Dissell, Brie Zeltner
Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
January 15, 2016
Two brothers are accused dozens of times over the past decade of mistreating tenants.

Other

The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland helps low-income tenants and homeowners facing foreclosures and evictions

Jill Sell
Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
January 17, 2016
The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland is an important resource for helping low-income residents secure and retain decent affordable housing.

News Story

Not enough low-income housing is being built in better neighborhoods, report finds

Rachel Dissell
Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
August 17, 2016
Not enough is being done to help build low-income housing in neighborhoods with betters schools and safer streets, according to a report commissioned on behalf of state legal aid programs.

Op-Ed

Cleveland to Donald Trump – the rule of law is worth the fight: Steve Dettelbach

Steve Dettelbach
Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
November 20, 2016
With a small staff, Legal Aid secures economic and social justice for our most vulnerable neighbors -- who too often struggle to get a fair shake.

Op-Ed

Mayor Jackson’s take on Cleveland lead inspections wrongly puts landlord interests over children’s health

Abigail Staudt
Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
February 26, 2017
His view elevates the property interest of landlords at the expense of the health of our children, which is unacceptable.

News Story

Cutting legal aid is major concern in NEO

Jeremy Nobile
Crain’s Cleveland Business
April 2, 2017
Eliminating the Legal Services Corp., one of 19 agencies slated for federal defunding in President Donald Trump's 2018 budget proposal, would cut budgets for Northeast Ohio's legal aid groups by about 30% each.

News Story

Legal Aid Society sues Cleveland on behalf of toddler, asks court to make city follow lead poisoning laws

Rachel Dissell, Brie Zeltner
Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
May 18, 2017
The city has, for more than six months, failed to protect a toddler it knew was harmed by lead hazards in her West Side rental home, according to the lawsuit.

Feature

Lead poisoning lawsuit highlights Cleveland family’s plight to find safe, affordable housing

Rachel Dissell, Brie Zeltner
Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
May 29, 2017
The Legal Aid Society sued Cleveland on her behalf last week, in hopes the court will force city officials to follow state lead laws designed to protect children exposed to the brain damaging toxin, often in their homes.

News Story

Law would require nearly all older Cleveland homes to be ‘lead safe’

Rachel Dissell, Brie Zeltner
Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
July 23, 2017
Cleveland homes, childcare centers and schools built before 1978 would have to be certified as safe from lead hazards by 2021 under legislation City Councilman Jeff Johnson will introduce next month.

News Story

Ohio budget bill ended cash assistance program for people with disabilities

Jackie Borchardt
Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
August 7, 2017
The state stopped accepting new applications for the Disability Financial Assistance program July 1 -- a change buried in the 3,300-page state budget bill.

Op-Ed

The Legal Services Corporation’s meeting in Cleveland reminds us that access to justice is worth fighting for

Lea Kayali
Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
August 27, 2017
The truth is, due process is growing harder to come by for many Americans.

Column

Cleveland Group Helps Tenants Fight Lead Poisoning in Housing Court

Spencer Wells
Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ)
January 2, 2018
As a practical matter, when a tenant ends up in housing court, the summons dissipates the family’s fear of retaliation. The choice is resist or become homeless.

Feature

Battling bad landlords just got tougher

Mark Naymik
Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
February 9, 2018
For 40 years, the Cleveland Tenants Organization was one of their few allies, guiding them on how to legally withhold rent from bad landlords and advising them of their rights during the eviction process.

News Story

Defunding Legal Services Corp., per Trump’s wishes, would cut almost $4 million from local legal aid groups

Jeremy Nobile
Crain’s Cleveland Business
February 14, 2018
Legal aid groups once again face a potential budget slashing as part of a recent proposal by President Donald Trump at a time when their resources are already stretched thin.

Op-Ed

The Right to Counsel in Civil Cases

Sean Malone
Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
December 23, 2014
Sean Malone argues for the right to counsel in civil legal cases.

Feature

Need a Doctor? This Anti-Poverty Program Will Get You a Lawyer, Too

Seth Freed Wessler, Kat Aaron
NBC News
December 14, 2014
Over the years, the person who saved this family from the worst consequence of a heart attack was not a doctor but a lawyer with the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.



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