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Legal Aid Education Series for CWRU Students for Refugees; Refugee Services Collaborative

Posted December 22, 2021
12:18 pm

The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and the CWRU Students for Refugees are pleased to present an educational series about understanding common civil legal issues faced by refugees resettling in Ohio. This series is designed in partnership with members of the Refugee Services Collaborative and with leadership from CWRU Students for Refugees.

The series will consist of four sessions in early 2022. Each session will be virtual, and last about 1 hour. Interested participants are encouraged to register for the full series. Registration is available online.

Program Description:

Tuesday, January 18 at 2 PM –  Immigration & Criminal Law: Speakers Julia Lauritzen of Legal Aid and David Magee of the Public Defender’s Office

Tuesday, February 15 at 2 PM — Custody Challenges for Parents/Guardians without Marriage Licenses: Speaker Haley Martinelli from Legal Aid

Tuesday, March 8 at 2 PM — Troubleshooting Benefits Issues for Changing Refugee Households: Speakers Deborah Dallmann and Corrylee Drozda from Legal Aid

Tuesday, March 22 at 2 PM — Wrap-Up/Q&A: Refugee Legal Issues in Housing, Kinship Care, Domestic Violence, & Employment: Facilitated by Catherine Donnelly; additional speakers TBD.

Participants are expected to review course materials before presentation.

Course materials to review:

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services – Ohio Resource Guide for Relatives Caring for Children:

U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Immigrant & Employee Rights Section resources on immigration status discrimination and employment documentation:

Housing/Landlord-Tenant Law Video:

Domestic Violence & Civil Protection Orders Video:

The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland – Employment Discrimination:

Interested? Register at this link:

For questions about the series and registration, please email Catherine Donnelly at

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