Low-income Akron residents can get free legal help Saturday through Legal Aid, law firm joint venture

Last year, 86 percent of the civil legal problems low-income Americans faced had “inadequate or no legal help.”

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Stephanie Warsmith
Akron Beacon Journal
April 19, 2018

Organizations mentioned/involved: Community Legal Aid (Central Northeast Ohio)


The Akron clinic is part of a new approach for Community Legal Aid to offer services directly in the community. Steve McGarrity, executive director of legal aid, calls this “community lawyering.”

“We’ve been moving more in the direction of taking our services to the people, instead of waiting for them to come to us,” McGarrity said in a prepared statement. “It can be intimidating to go to an attorney’s office for anyone, and, with our clients specifically, they may not have reliable transportation or flexible work schedules — there are all these extra barriers that we can remove simply by going to them.”