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Change is Happening, Thanks to Legal Aid

Posted August 20, 2020
1:12 pm

In recent months, we have seen a steady flow of new and renewed contributions to Legal Aid, and we are grateful for our strong community support. To thank our supporters, Legal Aid recently created and shared videos about how our programs have expanded as we continue our work to extend justice. Each video in our “Change is Happening” series focuses on one aspect of Legal Aid’s services. For example, there are videos for each of our legal practice areas: health and opportunity, family law, economic justice, and housing. We’ve also incorporated details about Legal Aid’s response to COVID -19, our improved intake processes, and client success stories.

Highlights from the videos include:

  • Cleveland City Council members Blaine Griffin and Phyllis Cleveland discuss how
    important Legal Aid’s services are for constituents in their wards. They both emphasize
    how Legal Aid listens to neighborhood residents and collaborates with local partners to
    make change.
  • Legal Aid Managing Attorney Katie Feldman shares how her team has continued to
    promote healthy communities by ensuring access to crucial resources for families.
    Katie’s work with our partners has helped expedite the process of applying for food
    assistance benefits (SNAP) in Cuyahoga County. This has led to faster turn-around
    times for applications decisions during COVID-19.
  • Legal Aid Senior Attorney Alexandria Ruden shares how our Family Law practice group
    protects victims of domestic violence in a multitude of ways. During COVID-19, Legal Aid
    has secured emergency civil protection orders and worked with area courts to eliminate
    the requirement for notarized affidavits.
  • Quo Vadis Cobb, General Counsel, Global Market Access & Litigation at Rockwell
    Automation and Legal Aid Board Member, remarks on the confluence of challenges
    that have dominated 2020 and why Legal Aid is more important now than ever before –
    because our mission has always been to create a more just and equitable society.
  • John Corlett, President and Executive Director at the Center for Community Solutions,
    praises Legal Aid’s long-term, positive effects on the families and individuals we serve.
    In 2019, John’s team interviewed former clients and completed a study on Legal Aid’s
    impact; learn more at
  • Legal Aid Senior Attorney Jessica Baaklini shares how she has made certain our
    Medical Legal Partnership with MetroHealth can continue to provide comprehensive
    supports to families during COVID-19. She has kept in touch with providers to
    communicate about referrals and cases, and even leads virtual training sessions on how
    to identify when a legal issue is affecting patient health.

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