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Challenges outlined by firm; Important to protect children, advocates tell Rotary

The following article, written by Mike Sigov, appeared January 24, 2017 in The Blade. ABLE Director of Advocacy, Aneel Chablani, speaks to the Rotary Club of Toledo. Read the article below or view on The Blade's website.

An Advocates for Basic Legal Equality representative called on Rotary Club of Toledo members Monday for help fighting poverty in the inner city and other less privileged communities.

"It is critical that we identify the areas where we can have the most impact ... and then [act] through changing social and economic conditions and legal interventions," said Aneel Chablani, ABLE's director of advocacy. "That's also work that can be adopted through community leadership organizations like Rotary."

Mr. Chablani told about 200 Rotary members at the club's noon luncheon in the Park Inn ballroom that it is important to focus those poverty-fighting efforts on critical issues such as pediatric chronic asthma and children's exposure to lead.


Legal Aid: "When in doubt, call"

The following article, written by Sara Arthurs, appeared January 9, 2017 in the Findlay-Hancock County Courier. Read below or view on The Courier's website. LAWO attorneys John Keenehan and Melissa LaRocco were interviewed for the story.

People who need a lawyer but don't have money to pay for one can sometimes get help from Legal Aid of Western Ohio.

The nonprofit organization provides free legal help for civil needs to people meeting certain income guidelines. They do not help in cases of criminal charges, such as DUI, said John Keenehan, attorney with Legal Aid of Western Ohio. But they may help with things like civil protection orders, in domestic violence cases. And they've helped people with divorce-related matters and with writing wills. They've also done outreach to seniors at 50 North through an Older Americans Act grant.


Where there's a will there's a way for peace of mind

The following article, written by Sara Arthurs, appeared January 9, 2017 in the Findlay-Hancock County Courier. Read below or view on The Courier's website. LAWO attorneys John Keenehan and Melissa LaRocco are featured in the story.

Nobody likes to think about their own death. But Hancock County Probate and Juvenile Court Judge Kristen Johnson has seen what happens when people don't — and it often involves ugly fighting.

"I would encourage everyone to have a will," she said. She said a will tells the court what your intentions are.


Leann's Story

"I can't explain the relief I felt hearing my attorney's voice on the phone."

Leeann and her four-year-old daughter were happy to finally be living in their own home. She thought they were safe from abuse. But during his parental visits in Leeann's home, her estranged husband continued his abusive behavior. Leeann reported the abuse to the police, and he was charged with domestic violence.

Following the requirements of her lease agreement, Leeann reported the arrest to her subsidized housing landlord. She was shocked when she received an eviction notice citing her for allowing a person onto the property.


#UnlockJustice on #GivingTuesdayNWO

Please join us Tuesday, November 29 in support of the #GivingTuesday movement and help redefine the giving spirit this holiday season!

We hope you will choose the Justice for All Campaign as one of your #GivingTuesdayNWO recipients! Our work is critical to thousands of low-income people who are facing legal problems that threaten the stability of their families and their homes. Donate today using our secure online donation form.


Toledo Public School Parents: Make Your Voice Heard!

Toledo Public School (TPS) Parents:

  • What do you think of the TPS Discipline Code?
  • What are your concerns about school safety?
  • How do you think school discipline should be handled?

Make Your Voice Heard!

TPS is changing their discipline code. If you have a student enrolled in TPS, you need to share your thoughts with the District on how you think their new discipline code should look. Please attend a Community Conversation near you to share your child's experience with TPS discipline and give your opinion on how students should be treated in school.