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Community Legal Aid Services thanks Summit County attorneys who support legal aid

2/17/2011 - South Side Leader
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By Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

Financial resources should not determine the ability of a person to challenge an improper foreclosure, obtain financial freedom from an abusive partner or put food on the family table. However, for many of our poor and elderly neighbors, the high cost of retaining legal counsel is an overwhelming obstacle to resolving legal problems and accessing justice. Community Legal Aid is dedicated to providing free, high-quality legal services to those who would otherwise go without.

We rely on the local legal community to join us in our mission and support our work. Community Legal Aid and the Volunteer Legal Services Program would like to acknowledge the following 140 Summit County attorneys who generously donated their time and talents to assist Legal Aid clients in 2010: John Alberti, Vincent Alfera, Clarissa Allega, Michael Altvater, Brian Angeloni, Daniel Bache, Michelle Baker, Charmine Ballard, Carie Becker, Debra Booher, James Brightbill, Terri Brunsdon, Charles Budde, Ronald Cable, Michael Campbell, Nicholas Cardinal, J. Dean Carro, Mark Cavanaugh, John Celebrezze, Lynn Clark, Carolynn Coleman, Christine Corzin, Anthony Cox, Steven Cox, Michael DelMedico, Vicki DeSantis, Hamilton DeSaussure Jr., William Dowling Jr., Shannon Draher, Andrew Duff, Matthew Duncan, Susan Durr, Lynne Earhart, Denise Ferguson, Susan Fitch, Robert Fox, Cara Galeano, Donald Gallick, Blake Gerney, Robert Gippin, Michael Goebl, Suzanne Gradisher, Sulaiman Roy Graham, Gary Gross, Jennifer Hamey, Nicholas Hanek, Pamela Hawkins, Mark Hilkert, Patricia Hill, Sheila Hines, Belinda Hinton, Steven Hobson, Martha Hom, Craig Horbus, Thomas Houlihan, Dennis Jackson, Michael John, Kerri Keller, Katherine Kelly, Katrina Klatka, Barbara Knapic, Mark Knevel, Ruth Knopf, Brendon Kohrs, Stephanie Kormanec, Rhonda Kotnik, Reginald Kramer, Margaret Kreiner, Susan Lax, Bradley LeBoeuf, Karen Lefton, Madeline Lepidi-Carino, Mary Ellen Leslie, Jasper Liggins, Mark Ludwig, Brian Malone, Ronald Martin, Todd McKenney, Joseph McLeland, Mariella Mestel, Hank Meyer, Harvey Miller, Gayle Montalto, Michael Moran, Robert Morris, Jack Morrison Jr., Scott Mullaney, R. Bryan Nace, Terri Nass, Matthew Oby, Jon Oldham, Joseph Oldham, Charles Olminsky Jr., Tamara Parkin, Caryn Peterson, Brian Pierce, John Pierson, Gregory Plesich, Jerome Reidy, Michael Repella II, Paul Richert, William Rickett, Carmen Roberto, Rita Myers Rochford, Barbara Rogachefsky, Beverly Rose, Joann Sahl, Mark Salerno, Thomas Saxer, Maura Scanlon, Mark Scarpitti, Edward Schneider, Michael Sermersheim, Elizabeth Sheard, Shirley Simon, Corinne Six, Colin Skinner, Brian Smith, Rhonda Stabler, Michael Steel, Brett Stevens, Scot Stevenson, Jason Strobel, Robert Thomas II, Mary Myers Tschantz, Michael Urban, Barbara Venesy, Barbara Vimont, Susan Vogel, James Wagner, Louis Wagner, Edward Weber, Kurt Weitendorf, Nicole Welsh, Christine Wheeler, Marta Williger, Richard Williger, Kenneth Wood and A. William Zavarello.

In 2010, more than 300 attorney volunteers across our eight-county region came together to close more than 2,100 cases on behalf of those most in need.

You have made a difference, and the board, staff and clients of Community Legal Aid thank you!

For more information about volunteering with Community Legal Aid and to complete a volunteer application, visit www.communitylegalaid.org/volunteer.

Low-income individuals with a legal problem should call the Community Legal Aid Services HelpLine at 800-998-9454 or visit www.CommunityLegalAid.org.

Jane Clarke, director of development and communications, Community Legal Aid Services Inc.

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