Renee Stromski, 2L, is one of eight law students selected for an Equal Justice Works 2020 Regional Public Interest Awards. Chosen from 127 applications, Renee was selected for her exemplary commitment to public interest law and pro bono work.
Renee has a clear passion for public interest law, as shown by her work both on campus and in the community. In the 2019 spring semester, Renee hosted CSU Cleveland-Marshall’s first “Spread the Word” Day, which is a part of a national campaign sponsored by the Special Olympics Committee to promote inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in local communities. Over thirty students pledged to actively engage in inclusion in 2019, and in the spring 2020 semester when the event was held again, almost 100 students and faculty members pledged to build a more inclusive community at our school.
This past fall semester, Renee revived the Student Public Interest Law Organization (SPILO) at Cleveland-Marshall—an organization that had been inactive for almost a decade. As president, Renee guided SPILO in hosting a successful National Homelessness & Hunger Awareness Week, where they collected monetary donations, over 300 non-perishable food items, and 50 water bottle kits for the homeless community.
In addition to her work with SPILO this past fall, Renee worked with Equality Ohio to create a proposal to convert the single-stall bathrooms in the basement of the law building to gender-neutral restrooms, ensuring a safe restroom space for those who did not feel comfortable using the public, single-gendered restrooms. This proposal, which was submitted to the dean of Cleveland-Marshall with support from the Cleveland State University Office for Institutional Equity and fifteen Cleveland-Marshall student organizations, was approved in January. As of now, one of the two proposed restrooms has been transformed into a gender-neutral restroom space.
“We are proud to recognize Renee for her outstanding service on the CSU Cleveland-Marshall campus and in the community,” said Aoife Delargy Lowe, director of law school engagement and advocacy at Equal Justice Works. “In these difficult times, we need more passionate law students like Renee to utilize their legal education to support and advocate for disadvantaged populations and communities.”