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Akron Bar Foundation supports summer law student program

From left to right, Front Row: Chong Won, Grace Wang, Scott Gladden, Mark Palermo, Ian Bangachon and Jessica Riendeau, Back Row: Bryan Meek, Michaela Bailey, Erin Kampschmidt, Daniel Vallejo, Matthew Simpson and Rachel Smick. (Photo courtesy of Community Legal Aid Services).

Published: August 13, 2013

AKRON––This year, the Summer Law Student Program at Community Legal Aid was generously supported by a $5,000 grant from the Akron Bar Foundation.

As the charitable arm of the Akron Bar Association, the Foundation strives to improve the quality of justice and the image of lawyers through the support of law related and public service programs primarily directed to the Akron Metropolitan area.

Twelve interns, represented by law schools across Ohio, have worked with Community Legal Aid staff attorneys for ten weeks to help ensure family safety and stability, preserve homes and provide access to justice throughout central northeast Ohio. They are Michaela Bailey, Ian Bangachon, Scott Gladden, Erin Kampschmidt, Bryan Meek, Mark Palermo, Jessica Riendeau, Matthew Simpson, Rachel Smick, Daniel Vallejo, Grace Wang, and Chong Won.

“I chose to intern at Community Legal Aid this summer because I want to use my legal education to help people resolve legal problems that are preventing them from achieving a better quality of life,” said Jessica Riendeau, who will be starting her second year of law school at Cleveland Marshall School of Law. “I want to focus my law career in family law and helping victims of domestic violence,” she said. “I feel that Community Legal Aid will provide me with hands-on experience and an understanding of the most effective ways to assist victims.”

Intern Chong Won, who is expected to graduate from The University of Akron School Law in December of this year, started volunteering with Community Legal Aid in 2012. “When the summer internship opportunity arose, I was very excited to continue working with Attorney Koula Glaros King in helping those with immigration issues.”

“The Akron Bar Foundation’s generous grant allows us to provide a strong and successful Summer Intern program,” Executive Director Sara Strattan says. “We are so grateful to the Foundation for its support.”

For more information about Community Legal Aid, please visit www.CommunityLegalAid.org


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