Eve Searls

The Inspiration

The Project

Through collaboration with Ohio Northeast Health Systems clinic located in Youngstown, Leah targeted low-income children and their families to provide legal representation aimed at improving children’s medical outcomes. All too frequently, low-income children’s health situations have underlying legal issues that prevent them from reaching ideal health situations. Through this proactive approach, physicians may refer children and their families for legal services aimed at correcting specific detrimental medical situations.

The Project

Joshua worked to establish and promote land banking systems to further affordable housing in Toledo, Ohio and Dayton, Ohio. Additionally, Joshua identified existing properties and vacant parcels suitable for restoration and development, identify funding sources, and work with community development corporations, local public officials, HUD and other parties to develop sustainable affordable housing.

The Project

Virginia solved legal issues affecting the health of low-income children and their families through a dynamic medical-legal partnership. Additionally, Virginia joined the Child Health Law Partnership launched in 2008 by the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Finally, her project will evaluate the ability to respond to housing conditions cases referred to Child HeLP through specialized advocacy.

The Project

Kari White provided direct representation, community legal education, and referral to support services for immigrant victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking in Northeast Ohio.

The Project

My project is targeted to help post-release individuals in Ohio. My project has two components: community outreach and policy work. The first component will consist of developing seminars and materials to inform indigent defenders and social and legal services professionals of the post-release civil ramifications of criminal pleas, and assist them in educating their clients. The second component of my project will entail working with Ohio legislature lobbyists to develop legislative fixes for the problems facing post-release individuals.

The Inspiration

The Project

Many times, legal services programs target the symptoms of poverty, but not the root – economic disadvantage. Through this Fellowship, Anneliese aimed to provide essential tools to those looking to transform their economic circumstances through entrepreneurship. To improve access to credit, Anneliese launched a new microcredit program from the ground up. To respond to the void in legal assistance for micro entrepreneurs, Anneliese provided direct legal services and create opportunities for transactional pro bono.

The Project

Brian served clients in six rural counties surrounding Cincinnati in southwest Ohio. Despite over 6,000 foreclosures reported in these counties in 2008 alone and skyrocketing unemployment, the legal problems of low income residents remain mostly under the radar for most legal assistance and community groups. Brian focused assistance in prevention of loss of housing and in the second year on community development to reduce poverty.