Lawyer for the powerless steps it up in 2020

Ellis Jacobs, lead attorney with Advocates for Basic Legal Equality


DAYTON, Ohio-- "For nearly four decades, attorney Ellis Jacobs has worked to empower low-income communities across the Miami Valley, helping them take on big corporations, push back against injustices and win consumer affairs fights.

The coronavirus pandemic just added to his workload in 2020.

Mostly without fanfare this year, Jacobs, 67, worked to protect voting rights and answer voter questions; helped persuade area judges to implement eviction moratoriums and pushed the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to come up with plans to avoid utility shut offs during the pandemic; filed a writ of mandamus to ask courts to force public health officials to step up their response to COVID cases in the Montgomery County Jail; and advocated for low-income broadband support to be included in the federal CAREs Act."

--Laura Bischoff, Dayton Daily News

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