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Ohio Legal Help: The Website for Pro Se Civil Legal Help — Now in Spanish

In 2015, Ohio’s Task Force on Access to Justice, convened by Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and comprising members of the courts, legal aid, the Ohio Legal Help Foundation, and the private bar, recommended specific actions to help close the civil justice gap. The sixth recommendation from the Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Task Force Report was to “develop and maintain a statewide website devoted to providing free and accurate legal information to Ohio residents,” which resulted in the development of Ohio Legal Help.

Ohio Legal Help is a nonprofit organization that was founded to help Ohioans access the civil justice system. It provides plain language legal help information, interactive self-help tools, and connections to local legal and community resources that can help people resolve their legal issues. The information on Ohio Legal Help is reviewed by expert private and legal aid lawyers. Users can get self-directed legal information including forms and even lawyer referrals.

Ohio Legal Help’s Spanish page is available via the “Espanol” link in the upper right hand corner of the website.  According to Executive Director for Ohio Legal Help group Susan Choe, there are about a quarter million households here in Ohio that speak primarily Spanish in the home.

We Have PRIDE in Our Research Guide

Just in time for the end of PRIDE month is our recently updated Sexual Orientation & the Law Research Guide.  The guide covers books in our collection, journals, blogs, websites and databases.

Our newest database addition highlighted in the guide is HeinOnline’s LGBTQ+ Rights database. The database charts the gay rights movement in America and Includes government documents, case opinions, case briefs, books and pamphlets, as well as a curated scholarly article collection and interactive timeline.  Users can browse and search seven collections in the database: Marriage and Family; Employment Discrimination; AIDS and Health Care; Military service; Public Spaces and Society; Supreme Court Briefs; and Historical Attitudes and Analysis.

ABA Passes Revisions to Accreditation Standards

The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates in February passed  proposed revisions to the ABA law school accreditation standards The amendments were to Standards 205, 303, 507 and 508 of the 2021-2022 Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools.  The highlights of the amendments include: a requirement that law schools provide bias training and substantial opportunities for students to develop a professional identity.

March 25 & 26 Third Annual Project 400 Conference

Project 400 LogoThe Cleveland State University Diversity Institute is presenting the free virtual Third Annual Project 400 Conference on March 25 & 26, 2022.  “Project 400 began in 2019 as a year-long observation of when the first Africans were brought to the British Colonies in North America in 1619.”   This year’s program is “Changing the Game, Advancing Black Lives: From the Streets, Fields and Courts,” and will highlight obstacles African-Americans have overcome as well as identify remaining obstacles.  Keynote speakers will be Wesley Lowery, CBS News 60 Minutes Correspondent and “60 in 6” Host, and Amira Rose Davis, Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies, Penn State University.  Panel sessions will focus on “recent calls for a collective urban agenda and police reform,” and “activism from within sports led by athletes.”  Sponsored by the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, NAACP Cleveland Branch, and Cleveland Public Library.  Register here.

Spring 2022 Social Justice Seminars and Programs

image of black hands surrounding the word JusticeSocial justice seminars, programs, and activities in the greater Cleveland area, Ohio, and nationally are featured on the C|M|Law Library Social Justice and Antiracism Resources guide Events/Forums/Webinars page.  Upcoming local Spring 2022 events include the 3/15 Discussing the Renaming of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, sponsored by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA).  The CMBA is also sponsoring the Zoning is a Racial Justice Issue series – Part 1: Historical Breakdown on 3/31; Part 2: Current Developments on 4/26; and Part 3: What Happens Next on 6/7.  All of these CMBA programs are virtual and free for law students.  Upcoming national Spring 2022 events include the 3/18 Why Diversifying the Healthcare Workforce Matters free virtual seminar sponsored by the Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health.  The 3/28 New York City’s Wounded Healers free webinar, sponsored by the Urban Institute – Justice Policy Center, will examine the “Credible Messenger” programming for justice-involved populations in New York City as well as challenges and best practices for implementing the strategy.  See the Social Justice and Antiracism Resources guide for more information on upcoming social justice events and activities.