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Partner in Justice: Toolkit

Posted May 7, 2024
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Thank you for being a Partner in Justice! This toolkit has resources to help you promote Legal Aid with your colleagues. If you have specific questions, toggle to the bottom of the page for staff contact info.

May 29: Founders' Day

Legal Aid turns 119 in May!  We use our birthday as an opportunity to host a Founders’ Day celebration to thank our supporters.

This year, Founders’ Day is on Wednesday, May 29.  The theme this year is our housing justice work – and we’ll hear from a former client, celebrate some partnerships, and enjoy a panel discussion with funders.  (Last year, we focused on medical-legal partnerships – read a summary here:

Learn more and sign-up for this free event:

Annual 50/50 Raffle

Legal Aid is pleased to announce a 50/50 raffle to celebrate our 119th anniversary. Enter for your chance to win up to $7,080!

    • Buy tickets online at:
    • Only 119 tickets will be sold for this exclusive raffle, giving you a 1 in 119 chance to win.
    • Each raffle ticket costs $119.
    • The winner -- selected at random -- will receive 50% of the total raised by the raffle ($7,080 if all 119 tickets are sold).
    • The drawing will occur the morning of Monday, July 8, 2024.
    • The winner will be contacted within 24 hours of the drawing and must fill out a W9 and return it to Legal Aid within one week of being contacted.
    • Current staff and board members of Legal Aid are eligible to enter and donate, but not eligible to win.
    • All proceeds benefit The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.

August 21: Jam for Justice 

Support Legal Aid’s great work while enjoying musical acts headlined by local attorneys, judges, law faculty and students.

Wednesday, August 21, 2024
5:00 p.m. - doors open, D.J. music begins
a staggered schedule of bands on two stages for non-stop fun!

Tavern Stage:
5:20 - Tortfeasors (* new for 2024! *)
6:00 - State Road
6:40 - K.G. Mojo
7:20 - Hayden Gilbert and The Ruckus
8:00 - Out of Order

Ballroom Stage:
5:40 - CWRU's Razing the Bar
6:20 - The No Name Band 
7:00 - Luke Lindberg & The Hung Jury
7:40 - Six Sometimes Seven
8:20 - Faith & Whiskey

Emcees: Stephanie Haney (WKYC) & Delanté Spencer Thomas (President, Norman S. Minor Bar Association)
DJ: DJ Brad Wolfe (Brad Wolfe Law, L.L.C.)

Learn more and get tickets at

Sponsor Legal Aid

Sponsorship is a fantastic way to support Legal Aid’s clients through free services while also gaining publicity, event tickets, and more. Become a sponsor today by filling out this form.  Questions? Reach out to Melanie Shakarian at 216-861-5217. All sponsors receive:

    • Enhanced Publicity: Promotion before, during, and beyond the events, including exposure across all Legal Aid social media platforms - for instance on Facebook (6,500 followers), Twitter/X (4,500), Instagram (2,000), LinkedIn (3,100), and Threads (300).
      NEW for 2024! - Additional exposure in Legal Aid’s paid advertisements, website, and Poetic Justice newsletter.
    • Digital & Print Program Ads: Program shared with 20,000+ individuals during our Annual Meeting promotion (click here to see example 2023 book)
    • Admission to each event: Sponsorship includes 10 tickets to each event.
    • Corporate Social Responsibility: Legal Aid is the difference between homelessness & home; danger & safety; poverty & security.

Your organization’s sponsorship affiliates you with Legal Aid’s work to extend justice.  Click here to see last year's sponsors - you'll definitely want to join this list for 2024!

Participation Report Updates!

Legal Aid staff are happy to provide an updated participation report throughout the year. This report details your organization's roster, fundraising and volunteer updates, as well as total participation percentages. Reach out to Melanie Shakarian for an updated report.

In the News

WKYC helps Legal Aid celebrate volunteers

Click here to see the full WKYC story!

Impact Stories

Access to Education through Legal Aid: Athena (names changed to protect privacy) was concerned about her son Anthony. Anthony is a special needs student and Athena felt as if her son’s school was not giving him the support that he needed to be successful. The school made communication with Athena difficult after she expressed her concerns about how a teacher was treating Anthony. Even though the school was aware that Anthony had disabilities, they suspended him based on his disability related behavior.

Athena was not about to allow her son’s education to be disrupted in any way. She was so frustrated that she discussed it with her healthcare provider at University Hospitals. Because of University Hospitals’ relationship with Legal Aid through the Medical-Legal Partnership, she was referred to Legal Aid for assistance. Her Legal Aid attorney suggested that they request a meeting with the school to discuss modifying Anthony’s individualized education plan (IEP). Due to the poor relationship between Athena and school officials, her attorney requested the IEP meeting and represented her at the meeting.

As a result of several IEP meetings, Athena, her attorney, and school officials discussed several strategies to implement within Anthony’s IEP to help him meet his educational and behavior goals. Not to mention, the meetings helped to improve Athena’s relationship with school officials. Thanks to Athena for being a caring and attentive parent and her Legal Aid attorney, Anthony is getting his special needs met to help him to excel in school.  Visit this link to share this story on social media and add why you personally support Legal Aid.

Housing Stability through Legal Aid:
Andrea (name changed to protect privacy) fell behind in her rent. She did everything that she could possibly do to catch up but without success. Eventually she received a three-day eviction notice. Andrea didn’t want to move and feared that she and her family would become homeless. That’s when she called Legal Aid for help.

Andrea’s Legal Aid attorney advised her to apply for rental assistance. Her application was approved, and her landlord agreed to accept the funds to pay the back rent. The landlord then dismissed the case and allowed her to remain in the home.  To ensure that the eviction wouldn’t make it difficult for Andrea to find housing in the future, her attorney instructed her on how to get the eviction record sealed.  Thanks to her partnership with a Legal Aid attorney, Andrea no longer had to worry about her family being displaced. Visit this link to share this story on social media and add why you personally support Legal Aid.


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  • Learn about our latest events and news.
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