Second Chance Lead Attorney Alicia Miller joined OJPC in 2019 as the Lead Attorney for the Second Chance Clinic where she helps people overcome criminal-records-based barriers to employment, housing, education, and positive community reintegration. The Second Chance project also specializes in record sealing, expungement, and Certificates of Qualification for Employment (CQEs). Alicia is a 2014 […]
Mark Vander Laan joined OJPC as Litigation Director in May 2019. Mark has over forty years of experience at major law firm Dinsmore & Shohl. Most notably, he was the lead special prosecutor for the state of Ohio after the savings and loan system collapsed. He helped secure convictions for those who contributed to the […]
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Richardson Public Service Fellow/Parole Reform A native of Boston, Mass., Mara joined OJPC in July 2019 as a Richardson Public Service Fellow. She works primarily with attorney Tiffanny Smith on parole reform through advocacy, legislation, and litigation in addition to assisting with legal research and organizing community outreach materials and events. Mara is committed to fighting for a just […]
Hunter, a survivor of domestic violence, was awarded clemency by Gov. John Kasich. On July 15, 2019, Thomia “Mia” Hunter was walked out of the Ohio Reformatory for Women. She was incarcerated for 15 years. “Thank you,” Mia said, moments after walking out of the prison. “This is a miracle from God.” Mia was greeted […]