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Abigail Staudt Assumes New Leadership Role

Posted June 23, 2022
5:00 pm

Abigail Staudt, Esq., previously Managing Attorney of Legal Aid’s housing practice group, recently transitioned into a new role at Legal Aid as the Managing Attorney of Ashtabula, Geauga, and Lake Counties.

In this new role, Abby will focus on increasing and deepening Legal Aid’s partnerships in the eastern section of Legal Aid’s 5-county service area: Ashtabula, Geauga, and Lake counties. Focusing on these counties, Abby will work to increase Legal Aid’s engagement with community partners, courts, and bar associations, and help identify and resolve barriers to justice for clients.

Abby began her public interest work with Legal Aid in 2006, representing low-income residents in Lake County in housing and domestic violence issues. Her practice grew into only housing work and, since 2015, she served as Managing Attorney of Legal Aid’s housing practice group, concentrating on federally subsidized housing matters and working to better protect tenants and their children from lead hazards.  She led the Housing practice group through a period of major growth - due in part to growing community needs due to COVID, and the City of Cleveland's newly legislated right to counsel in Cleveland Housing Court.

Previously, Abby served as Board President of low-income housing community Cogswell Hall, worked as a housing stabilization specialist in Seattle, and volunteered with the Peace Corps in Madagascar and Ethiopia. Abby received her JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law and her BS from Santa Clara University.

Legal Aid is excited to have Abby’s leadership to help identify opportunities in Ashtabula, Geauga, and Lake Counties for systemic change and advance strategic relationships with partners. Learn more about Legal Aid’s 2022 legal advice clinics in Ashtabula, Geauga, and Lake counties – click here for a bilingual brochure.

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