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Katherine Barr Hollingsworth, Esq.

Katherine Barr Hollingsworth, Esq.

Maria Smith, Esq.

Maria Smith, Esq.

Anita Myerson, Esq.

Anita Myerson, Esq.

On October 26 – everyone in the city could see the legal community’s commitment to Legal Aid: the Terminal Tower was lit blue to honor the American Bar Association’s National Pro Bono Week. This special week honors the work of pro bono volunteers nationwide. In Northeast Ohio, the celebration includes Legal Aid, numerous bar associations, the judiciary, community based organizations and volunteer attorneys.

Crain’s Cleveland Business recognized Legal Aid’s executive director Colleen Cotter as a finalist for the 2015 Crain’s General & In-House Counsel Awards.

Colleen Cotter was invited to address the American Academy of Arts & Sciences at a meeting in Cambridge, Massachusetts, focused on “Making Justice Accessible.”

Congratulations to Katherine Barr Hollingsworth, who was promoted to Managing Attorney of Legal Aid’s Consumer Practice Group. Ms. Hollingsworth is a graduate of Middlebury College and the Georgetown University Law Center.

Legal Aid welcomed new staff members this fall, Callie Dendrinos – a staff attorney in the Housing Law Practice Group, David Johnson – the Grants Administrator/Data Analyst, and Danielle Gadomski Littleton – a staff attorney in the Community Advocacy Program. Ms. Gadomski Littleton was previously an Equal Justice Works Fellow at Legal Aid.

Supervising attorney Katie Feldman was published in Clearinghouse Community in August. Her article focused on medical-legal partnerships. Clearinghouse Community is a peer-edited publication featuring practice resources for the nationwide legal aid community.

The ABA Journal featured a story about the unique “Law and the Library” partnership between the Cleveland Public Library and Legal Aid. Read the full story at www.lasclev.org/09092015 Legal Aid attorney Maria Smith was awarded the 2015 Community Service Award from the Cleveland Clinic’s Lutheran Hospital.

Legal Aid attorney Deborah Dallmann and staff members Adrienne Fischer and Erica Thomas were named as the 2015 Claude E. Clarke Award winners. Established in 1967, the Award recognizes outstanding service through professional performance and commitment to Legal Aid and its clients.

Legal Aid senior attorney Anita Myerson is the winner of Legal Aid’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Myerson joined the Legal Aid staff in 1981 as a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow.  She soon developed expertise in the Unemployment Compensation (UC) system, an important safety net program for Ohioans governed by a complex set of rules. She has represented thousands of clients in her 34 years at Legal Aid. She has also engaged in local and statewide advocacy and litigation aimed at ensuring that the UC system is operated in a fair manner, complies with federal law, and is designed to support workers who find themselves between jobs. She is a local, state and national leader in this practice area, and she has trained dozens of legal aid lawyers. Her reputation is such that she is often able to bring about change simply by presenting her well-researched and persuasive arguments.

Click here to view the full Poetic Justice Issue where this story appeared.

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