Kayla Callahan

Professional Biography

Kayla Callahan is a staff attorney with the Public Benefits Team at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus. Before graduating from the Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law in 2015, Kayla first earned her bachelor’s degree in an interdisciplinary study called “Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought” from Amherst College in 2012. This study involved the examination of the role the law has had historically and culturally through a moralistic (instead of a strictly legal) lens.

The Cleveland native initially interacted with LASC after beginning her fellowship with the newly established Franklin County Municipal Court’s Self-Help Resource Center in August of 2015. Prior to that, Kayla amassed a wide variety of experience as: a summer associate with Roetzel & Andress, a law clerk at the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office, and an intern for the Greater Cleveland Rapid Transit Authority’s Legal Department.

As the first staff attorney at the court’s self-help center, she set the work standard and built the resources and guidance from the ground up. Her role also extended to include: assisting people both with legal guidance and non-legal advice, working closely with various judges and magistrates, managing the services and materials of the center, supervising new fellows as well as the role of outside stakeholders, and coordinating with other organizations such as the Columbus Bar Association.

Kayla insists that LASC was (and remains) a great resource with their help providing access, and offering affordable legal solutions, to the public. The skills, knowledge, and passion of everyone Kayla interacted with from LASC and the desire to continue helping individuals navigate an often-complicated legal system is what made her officially join in November of 2016. For Kayla, LASC makes a tremendous difference in simply listening to low-income people and taking an interest in their needs and problems. At the same time though, LASC’s continued advocacy and representation is a testament to the positive differences made in people’s lives and a visible influence in accessing justice.

Bar Activities

  • Member, Columbus Bar Association
    • Minorities in the Law Committee
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee

Professional Recognitions and Certifications

  • Ohio State Moritz College of Law Fellowship Recipient
  • Mediation Certification for the State of Ohio
  • Certified in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Moritz College of Law
  • Moritz College of Law Public Service Award


  • Amherst College (B.A. 2012)
  • The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law (J.D. 2015)
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