Maya Simek (she/her/hers) serves as a Clinical Law Professor and Director of Case Western Reserve’s Health & Human Trafficking Law Clinic. Ms. Simek further serves as the Legal Director at Equality Ohio, where she developed and is now supervising a state-wide legal clinic for the lesbian gay bisexual transgender queer (LGBTQ+) community. Ms. Simek focuses her practice on legal issues impacting the LGBTQ+ community and human trafficking. Other areas of interest for Ms. Simek include community lawyering, the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration, and particularly, the intersections between law and social work. Her focus on these areas of interest inspired Ms. Simek’s spearheading of a law clinic for individuals affected by HIV/AIDS engaging in case management services at the Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center in 2012. Ms. Simek earned her J.D. in 2010 from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, her M.S.S.A in 2007 from Case Western Reserve’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and her B.S. in 2000 from John Carroll University. Further, she is a proud graduate of the 2017 Gestalt Training Program at the Gestalt Institute. Ms. Simek is admitted to the bar in Ohio and California. In addition, she is an Ohio Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervision designation(LISW-S).
The Role of the Attorney in Providing Direct Representation to LGBTQ+ Clients with Mental Health Diagnoses: Lessons Learned in a Trauma-Informed Approach