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July updates from Legal Aid

Posted July 13, 2023
1:15 pm

We provided this update on local events, community updates, and other newsworthy items to our community partners and public officials.

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Hello from Legal Aid! Legal Aid is available in person, by phone, and online to meet our clients’ needs. Applicants can schedule a call back time when they apply for help online at Please reach out with any questions or requests. We look forward to hearing from you!

Free legal clinics: New summer 2023 calendar available
For a printable bilingual flyer (PDF) of Legal Aid's upcoming FREE legal advice clinics scheduled for the third quarter of 2023, click here: Summer Clinic Flyer.

Upcoming Brief Advice Clinics:

Or visit the events page on our website anytime to view the full clinic schedule.

Student Loan Information – Virtual Drop-in Sessions
The federal student loan payment pause will be ending soon. To help facilitate borrowers’ return to repayment, Legal Aid will host virtual ‘drop-in’ sessions this summer. Jump in at any time during the hour to talk with one of our student loans experts, or can join for the entire session to hear others’ questions. Register today:

For more information and student loan resources, check out our website.

In addition, learn more about student loan repayment and tips to be a savvy borrower during our July 20 radio program on WOVU 95.9 FM's "Life & The Law." Listen live on July 20 at 10:00 AM on 95.9 FM, or visit this link to stream the conversation.

New Federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA)
This new law provides broader protections to pregnant employees as of June 27, 2023. Covered employees are entitled to reasonable accommodations for any “known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.” The PWFA also extends beyond pregnancy to cover childbirth and “related medical conditions.” So, employers must still reasonably accommodate an employee who is recovering from childbirth. You can read more about the PWFA on the EEOC website and on the ACLU website. Look for more information on Legal Aid’s website coming soon.

Legal Aid is discussing wills, estate planning and advance directives with the LGBTQ+ community and helping prepare documents. Learn more during a two-part series offered by Legal Aid and The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland. Get details:

Join us July 25 in Lake County for a conversation about Access to Justice
Community partners are invited to join United Way of Lake County & Legal Aid for a free presentation focusing on the opportunities and obstacles members of the Latino community face, information about what free legal resources are available, and tips about how to navigate the legal system. Learn more and RSVP.

Legal Aid’s most recent issue of The Alert newsletter is available online. Check out the digital edition on our website: “The Alert”- Volume 39, Issue 1.

Invite Legal Aid to attend your Resource Fair
If you’re hosting a Resource Fair or outreach event to share information with people who have low income and may need legal assistance, please consider inviting Legal Aid to attend. Send an email to with details about your event (date, time, location, audience, etc.). We’ll do our best to attend, or we can send brochures and materials to distribute. Please provide as much advance notice as possible.

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
serving Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, and Lorain counties
Direct: 216.861.5242 / Main: 216.861.5500
Rights. Dignity. Justice.

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