Volunteer Spotlight: Rachel Robinson
Attorney has served low-income clients for over 20 years
Rachel Robinson's legal career is a testament to her dedication and commitment to serving underrepresented and vulnerable individuals.
Robinson grew up in Flint, Michigan, the daughter of a civil rights/criminal defense lawyer. Her father taught her the value of community service and that, in part, motivated her to become a lawyer.
After graduating from The University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1996, Robinson was hired as a staff attorney for Southeastern Ohio Legal Services, initially working in the Portsmouth office and then in the Steubenville office. Three years later she joined the Ohio State Legal Services Association as a state support attorney focusing on housing and consumer law.
Today, Robinson is a private attorney who serves as a pro bono attorney for The Legal Aid Society of Columbus. She has provided legal advice on landlord-tenant and employment issues, and various other matters, through clinics during her years as a volunteer attorney for LASC.
She attributes her pro bono service to her history with Legal Aid and her dedication to assisting people who are not able to pay for an attorney.
“When making life decisions (signing contracts, facing employment and landlord-tenant disputes), all people can benefit from the advice and guidance of an attorney,” Robinson said.
In 2002, Robinson joined the Equal Justice Foundation, a not-for-profit law firm that focused on impact litigation and class actions. She continued to serve through her advocacy on behalf of low-income individuals across the state.
Robinson now has her own law practice focused on foreclosure defense, landlord-tenant (representing tenants), the Fair Housing Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Her motto is “Representing people, fighting for justice.”
“I have known Rachel since we both worked for the Equal Justice Foundation, and I learned much from her about empathy for clients and creativity in litigation strategies,” said Dianna Parker, Ohio State Legal Services Association Director of Pro Bono & Community Engagement. “Now in my role with LASC, I am grateful that while she focuses her private practice on advocating for vulnerable individuals, she also finds time to donate to our program. She has been a wonderful resource for our virtual clinics, always stepping up to use her knowledge and talents to help our clients.”
Robinson encourages others to get involved with Legal Aid. It is such a short time commitment that goes a long way, she said.
What does she enjoy the most? “Being of service to people who need assistance and guidance to make choices that could have long-term consequences,” she said.
(To join Robinson and other Pro Bono attorneys who help with the Virtual Clinics, email