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2019 Summer Associates Announced


Posted March 12, 2019
7:24 am


Cleveland, OH -- The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland recruited top students for its 2019 Summer Associate Program.

Legal Aid attorneys mentor the summer associates on issues of poverty law. The structured program includes trainings on substantive law, public interest work, and basics of legal practice. Students learn how to interview clients, draft court pleadings, research relevant legal issues and observe hearings and trials. Other students have experience in community outreach, development and public relations.

Many summer associates are funded through their school’s public interest law program, alumni associations, or through national foundations such as Equal Justice Works Summer Corp Program and Equal Justice America. The schools, students and placements include:

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Melody E. Goodin
Economic Justice Practice Group

Russell A. Hauser Jr.
Health and Opportunity Practice Group

Courtney R. Koski
Family Practice Group

Marcus McCrary
Health and Opportunity Practice Group

Blair Mills
Economic Justice Practice Group

Zora Raglow-DeFranco
Community Engagement Practice Group

Bridget Sciscento
Health and Opportunity Practice Group

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

James Scherer
Housing Practice Group

Dairian S. Heard
Volunteer Lawyers Program Practice Group

The University of Akron School of Law

Elton A. Barrios
Family Practice Group

Washington University School of Law

Jenna Bird
Family Practice Group

Wheaton College

Jaylene M. Coss – Porter Cleveland Fellowship
Administration Practice Group with a focus on development and communications

Meshal Muzaffar – Porter Cleveland Fellowship
Administration Practice Group with a focus on development and communications

Cleveland State University

Jessica L. Weber
Community Engagement Practice Group – Social Worker Intern

The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland provides high-quality free legal assistance to low income clients in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain and Geauga counties. Legal Aid’s mission is to secure justice and resolve fundamental problems for those who are low income and vulnerable by providing high quality legal services and working for systemic solutions. Founded in 1905, it is the fifth oldest organization of its kind in the US. For information, visit www.lasclev.org.