Community remembers commitment

By Nikki Blankenship -

The absence of Tammy Greenwald is being felt across the legal community of Scioto County. Greenwald, who dedicated her career to helping those in need, died November 7.

Mark Cardosi, managing attorney for Southeastern Ohio Legal Services, explained that Greenwald worked for legal aid for 17 years, starting in Chillicothe before transferring her services locally 15 years ago.

Cardosi added that Greenwald was a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School and dedicated the skills she earned there to the less fortunate in the local community.

“She chose to bring all that to southern Ohio and work with low income folks,” Cardosi commented.

As an attorney, she not only worked with low income clients but focused on those that were victims of domestic violence. Cardosi explained that her work was known among domestic violence shelters locally and in surrounding counties.

Despite her passion for helping victims, Cardosi explained that Greenwald was always “persistent and professional” in her work, ensuring that her clients’ voices were heard.

Since her passing, Cardosi said Greenwald’s clients have called in tears and spoke of how she touched their lives.

“I think she felt it innately,” Cardosi said of Greenwald’s desire to help. “If she didn’t do it, who else would.”

Scioto County Domestic Relations Court Judge Jerry Buckler also spoke fondly of Greenwald, stating that he had known her for 15 years but know her more closely in the last five during his time as judge.

Buckler explained that Greenwald came to him close to two years ago about starting a legal clinic. Buckler explained that he could see a clear need as many of the individuals that come before his court can not afford an attorney and due to the nature of their cases, can’t be appointed one. Buckler offered his courtroom and asked for the local bar association to offer two attorneys to assist. That program is now available once a month.

“We’ve had such a great turnout with that,” Buckler commented. “Tammy was so thankful. She did such a great job helping individuals that couldn’t afford an attorney. It was such a privilege of mine to work with her.”

Buckler also spoke of Greenwald’s skill in the courtroom.

“She would play by the book. She would ask the right questions. She knew what she had to get into evidence. She was just a fantastic person, and we’re going to miss her being here because she leaves a void that is hard to fill,” Buckler stated.

These sentiments were shared by many who worked with this public servant who gave her life to helping those needing professional help.

By Nikki Blankenship

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.