PRESS RELEASE & NEWS

The Ohio Justice Bus keeps family law matters rolling with free legal aid to those in Summit County.

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Akron, Ohio – On March 8th, 2024  from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM the Summit County Domestic Relations Court will host the Ohio Justice Bus at the Akron Bar Association (located at: 57 S Broadway St, Akron, OH 44308).The event promises to be a source of relief for individuals who are facing family law matters. At the event participants can find free legal assistance on matters such as divorce, custody, or parentage issues. Participants can also interact with community support organizations and have a unique opportunity to engage directly with the legal system.

At the heart of this event is a dedicated team of pro bono attorneys. The Ohio Justice Bus is committed to providing accessible legal aid to all and will also have attorneys available for questions regarding family law matters.

ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE KATARINA COOK HOLDS SPECIAL SESSION.

Adding to the significance of this event, Judge Cook will preside over a special session of the court, providing attendees with a rare opportunity to have their cases heard and addressed in a supportive and respectful environment. “Access to justice is a fundamental right that should be available to everyone, regardless of their financial circumstances,” said Katarina Cook, Administrative Judge of the Summit County Domestic Relations Court. “The Ohio Justice Bus is not just a legal clinic; it’s a mobile legal aid office that allows legal aid and pro bono attorneys to travel to and provide legal services to Ohioans at no cost to clients.”

TAKES A COMMUNITY TO HEAL FAMILIES

Community partners’ participation plays a vital role in the success of the Ohio Justice Bus Event. Their commitment ensures that individuals receive comprehensive assistance, addressing not only legal concerns but also the underlying social and economic factors that can impact family well-being.

Thanks to Community Legal Aid, Summit County Child Support Enforcement Agency, Victim Assistance Program and local family law attorneys who volunteer through the Court. Their continued support makes this event possible.

Engaging with the Ohio Justice Bus is simple. No registration necessary, just come to the Akron Bar Association on March 8th between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Check in at the front desk and Summit County Domestic Relations Court Staff will connect you with an array of resources. You will find a welcoming environment, free attorneys ready to assist, and a network of community partners offering additional support and resources. If you wish to beat the line, fill out an intake form online before March 7th at 4:00 PM. Go to: https://drcourt.org/wp/engagement/events/ohio-justice-bus/  to get a head start!

MORE HANDS LIGHTER LOAD – VOLUNTEER ATTORNEYS NEEDED

The Ohio Justice Bus Event is also seeking volunteer attorneys who can donate two or more hours of their time at the event. If you practice in Summit County, or surrounding Counties, and have family law experience – consider volunteering. Please contact Paul Henry, the Courts Community Outreach Director, at (330) 643-7845 or email phenry@drcourt.org.

Last year, 2023, the Ohio Justice Bus connected over 100 Summit County Residents with pro bono attorneys. The Ohio Access to Justice Foundation, the benefactor of the Ohio Justice Bus, reported that last year 235 attorneys provided volunteer hours in Summit County. The Summit County Domestic Relations Court is proud to been counted in that impact.

As the Court prepares for its next outreach event, organizers remain steadfast in serving the community and advocating for legal access for all. For questions on how to register as a participant OR community agency please call: (330) 643-7845 or email phenry@drcourt.org.

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For information about the Ohio Justice Bus Event in Summit County visit:

https://drcourt.org/wp/engagement/events/ohio-justice-bus/

 

For information about the Ohio Justice Bus visit:

https://www.ohiojusticefoundation.org/grantees/ohio-justice-bus/

 

For interviews, inquiries, photos, or additional marketing resources please contact:

Paul M. Henry

Director of Community Outreach

phenry@drcourt.org

(330) 643-7845

 

Judge Cook Interview with WAKR 93.5  – No Fault Divorce

May 23rd, 2023 8:30 AM – Administrative Judge Cook was invited to the Ray Horner Show to discuss the latest on “No Fault Divorce”. This interview covered the basics of Ohio Divorce/Separation and the requirements of grounds for divorce/separation. During this interview Judge Cook also points out the need for individuals to have grounds to protect individuals in abusive relationships.

Playtime 6:40

VAP To Honor Judge Katarina Cook Amidst National Victims Right Week

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Victim Assistance Program is awarding the “Rev. Dr. Robert A. Denton Outstanding Victim Services Award” to Summit County Domestic Relations Court Administrative Judge, Katarina Cook on April 28, 2023. According to Leanne Graham, Victim Assistance Program’s President & CEO, “in celebration of National Crime Victim Rights’ Week, Victim Assistance will honor Judge Cook’s leadership which has been foundationally instrumental for Summit County victims.”

Victim Assistance Program’s new location within the Summit County Domestic Relations Courthouse has Judge Cook to thank. Cook stated, “I am honored to be this year’s award recipient. This pioneering partnership has increased access to services and removed a large barrier of childcare for families seeking domestic relations court services, with the addition of the Children Who Witness Violence (CWWV) Drop-In Center. The synergy between the Summit County Domestic Relations Court and the Victims Assistance Program has provided a more trauma-informed approach and continuity of services for those persons seeking protection orders.” Both the provision of in-court advocacy services and the new childcare option would not be possible without Judge Cook’s personal and professional advocacy.

The public is welcome to join Victim Assistance Program in celebrating victim services and victims’ rights, on Friday, April 28 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. The agency is holding a small gathering with food, generously donated by Brubaker’s Pub, at 4141 Bridgewater Parkway in Stow. Registration is required and can be reserved by calling 330-376-7022 or online at victimassistanceprogram.org/NCVRW. Together, they will honor Judge Cook and offer a learning session about victim rights and Victim Assistance Program’s services.

This year’s National Crime Victim Rights Week theme is “Elevate. Engage. Effect Change.” As such, Victim Assistance Program will briefly discuss some of the legislative changes that are taking place to support more robust victim rights in Ohio.

For Media Inquiries

Paul Henry

Paul M. Henry, Community Outreach Director
PHenry@DRCourt.org
330-643-7845

Press Kit

The Press Kit is to help journalists gain free and open information about the court and it’s programs. It also includes biographical information of the Summit County Domestic Relations Judges.

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