Posted March 18, 20221:10 pm
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As we look forward to spring, Legal Aid is available in-person, by phone and online to meet community needs. Please see the highlights below and reach out with any questions or requests. We look forward to hearing from you!
LEGAL AID IS HIRING for a variety of positions, including a new posting for a Client Support Specialist. Client Support Specialists work closely with attorneys and clients to address barriers that interfere with effective legal representation. Visit the careers page on our website for a full list of current openings and details about how to apply.
In-person brief advice clinics are back!
We are excited to be back in neighborhoods, providing help to people where and when they need legal help. View the full events calendar on our website for details about upcoming clinics.
Legal Aid can help with debt, car repossession, and identity theft
Last week was National Consumer Protection Week... a time to help people understand their consumer rights and how to avoid scams. Legal Aid has two new bilingual brochures to help consumers: Car Repossession (what happens during the process and what your rights are) and Identity Theft (how you can protect yourself and what steps you can take if you're a victim).
Read our recent op-ed in The Lakewood Observer to learn more about how Legal Aid can help with the cycle of unpaid debt.
Also, our monthly Facebook Live program is focused on Legal Aid’s economic justice work for consumers. Join us online on March 24 at 12:30 p.m. for “Lunch with Legal Aid” where a Legal Aid attorney and a representative from the Federal Trade Commission will share information and answer audience questions related to consumer protection issues.
Did you know Legal Aid helps people seal their records, allowing them access to better employment opportunities and more housing options? Ohio has expanded who is eligible to have their records sealed, and more people are eligible now than ever before. View the brochure on our website, contact Legal Aid at 888-817-3777, or visit our website to request help. Application for help with record sealing in Cuyahoga County can also be made through the Office of Reentry.
Please share the following community resources with clients and colleagues:
Tax Preparation Assistance: A variety of resources are available to help Northeast Ohio residents with tax preparation. Contact 2-1-1 or visit our website for links to tax preparation assistance programs in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, and Lorain Counties.
Banking Resources through Bank On CLE: Taxpayers in Cuyahoga County without a checking account can set up a safe, insured, low fee checking account through Bank On CLE. Banks and credit unions across Cleveland offer low-cost, low-fee transaction accounts that are certified as meeting the Bank On National Account Standards. Learn more about Bank On certified accounts.
Women in Transition Program: The Women in Transition Program at Cuyahoga Community College will launch spring classes starting the week of March 28 to empower women in their pursuit of education, training, and career. Both in-person and virtual program options are available. The last day to register is March 22. Learn more on their website.
Cleveland Community Police Commission: 2022 Community Satisfaction Survey: Share your thoughts and experiences with policing in Cleveland. The survey is open until March 31 to all people who live, work, or visit the city of Cleveland. Take the survey today.
Thank you for your partnership in striving for justice throughout Northeast Ohio. As always, please reach out with any questions or ideas!
Anne K. Sweeney
Managing Attorney for Community Engagement
The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
Rights. Dignity. Justice.