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Partner in Justice: Toolkit

Posted October 1, 2020
6:00 am

Thank you for your service as a Partner in Justice.  We appreciate how you support, advocate for, and champion Legal Aid.

Throughout 2021, we will update this page with event notices, news items, and timely messaging you can use for internal communication at your firm/organization.


Legal Aid hosted a successful 2021 Partners in Justice kickoff event on March 24. April Miller Boise, General Counsel at Eaton Corporation, offered keynote remarks. Legal Aid Executive Director, Colleen Cotter, shared the latest about our response to COVID-19 and the strong community support that has led to Legal Aid's recent growth.


Legal Aid Supports Neighborhood Transformation

Watch this new video from the Ohio Access to Justice Foundation highlighting how Legal Aid partners with community groups to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.

Anne Sweeney, Esq., Managing Attorney of Legal Aid's Community Engagement Group, and Mike Russell, Esq. discuss our economic development work and are joined by Deborah Lewis of the Hough Block Club, who says "We appreciate Legal Aid because they've been our consultant, our resource, and our ally."

As Eviction Moratorium Wanes, Some Cleveland-Area Tenants Already Out

With the CDC eviction moratorium set to expire, eviction filings in Cleveland are on the rise.

Read the latest piece from Ideastream featuring insight from Legal Aid housing attorney, Barbara Reitzloff.

Hazel Remesch Joins the City Club of Cleveland's "Combatting Eviction in a Time of COVID"

Hazel Remesch, Esq., Supervising Attorney in Legal Aid's housing group, recently participated in the City Club of Cleveland's virtual forum to discuss efforts to help tenants during this time of uncertainty.

Please follow Legal Aid on social media and share our posts – We’re active on Facebook (@legalaidcleveland), Twitter (@LegalAidCLE), Instagram (@LegalAidCLE) and LinkedIn (The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland).


Jasmine (Name changed to protect client privacy) was frustrated and concerned when, for the second year in a row, her daughter’s school administrators declined her request to have Maddy evaluated for special education services. Maddy’s teachers had reported the 8-year old often lost focus in class and couldn’t recall work she’d just completed. During a routine appointment at University Hospitals, Jasmine told Maddy’s pediatrician about their struggles, and the doctor agreed Maddy was a good candidate for a special education evaluation. She referred Jasmine to Legal Aid for assistance with advocating for Maddy.

Jasmine’s Legal Aid attorney requested yet another evaluation on her behalf, and the administration replied that because Maddy was not diagnosed with a learning disability, accommodations were unnecessary. Jasmine’s Legal Aid attorney then worked with Maddy’s pediatrician to submit professional testimony speaking to Maddy’s needs for individualized supports. The school then granted Maddy an evaluation, which revealed significant delays that could be addressed through special education services. Jasmine’s Legal Aid attorney represented her throughout the drafting of a tailored Individualized Education Program (IEP) for Maddy. She then helped Jasmine understand how she could continue to advocate for Maddy by calling for an IEP meeting at any time. Today, Jasmine has peace of mind knowing Maddy is properly supported at school – thanks to Legal Aid.


Support Legal Aid by making your 2021 gift today!  Your early gift will aid our planning and ensure we continue to meet the new and heightened challenges posed by COVID-19

Use this pledge form to pay now, select a scheduled payment option, or ask us to bill you over the next year. If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Shakarian at 216-861-5217 or


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