DORIANNE MASON, Attorney/Second Chance Project Director
Dorianne Mason currently serves as the Director of the Second Chance Project and Community Legal Clinics. The Second Chance Project provides free one-on-one legal assistance and community education workshops to hundreds of greater Cincinnati and Ohio residents. In 2016, she expanded the reach of the legal clinics to tackle the debilitating debt many face after a touch with the criminal justice system. Dorianne also uses litigation and education to address constitutional violations of incarcerated individuals and to increase employment and housing opportunities for people with criminal records.
Before joining OJPC, Dorianne practiced healthcare law. She worked as Regulatory Counsel for the D.C. Hospital Association, as Staff Attorney at the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty and as a Policy Fellow at Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders, Metropolitan D.C. She has experience advising the construction of a state insurance marketplace, crafting best practices in the hospital setting and litigating public benefit eligibility and enrollment matters.
Dorianne is a 2016 Sargent Shiver Center Racial Justice Fellow, served on the Cincinnati Citizens Complaint Authority Board from 2016-2018 and as Chair from 2017-2018, and currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Cincinnati Childhood Poverty Collaborative, 2017-2018 Advisory Committee of the Cincinnati Public Schools Adult Education Collaborative, Aspire Program, and Advisory Board for the Center for Employment Opportunities.
Dorianne served as clerked to the Honorable Tanya Walton Pratt in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. She received her J.D., from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2010, where she was a Sidney Eskenazi Scholar, and her B.B.A. in International Business and Marketing from Howard University in 2006.