Danielle Doza ’12 has always maintained a passion for helping others. Like many, she serves the community in her free time, as a coach of the Lakewood High School Girls’ Rugby team, on the heels of a playing career on the club team at Ohio State University. However, Doza’s pursuit of a law degree also gives her the opportunity to serve the community full-time, as a staff attorney with Proyecto Luz at Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center.
Nueva Luz is a nonprofit, faith-based organization challenging the root causes of systemic poverty among Latino and other underserved individuals. Proyecto Luz is a branch of the organization, and includes a legal clinic run by fellow Cleveland-Marshall College of Law graduate Maya Simek ’10. As a staff attorney, Doza’s is able to assist low-income, HIV/AIDS+ clients with legal issues in the areas of social security, landlord-tenant law and healthcare directives.
Doza’s interest in a legal career began as a youth when her mother worked for Federal Judge Ann Aldrich. Judge Aldrich was the first women to be appointed a federal judge in Ohio, and is known for influential work in civil rights cases. Judge Aldrich, a professor at Cleveland-Marshall, served as a role model for Doza.
“She was a very successful, strong woman who I had the chance to know personally,” said Doza. “She was quite influential in my attending law school, and I will always remember her.”
Doza studied political science at Ohio State and interned with the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, which spurred her interest in a career in advocacy. During law school, she stayed involved with several causes and became president of the Cleveland-Marshall Allies, a social and political student organization dedicated to serving the LGBT community. A Cleveland-Marshall public interest fellowship after her second year of law school allowed her to spend the summer working at Nueva Luz, ultimately leading to her post-graduation position.