Maya Simek is a clinical law professor and co-director of Case Western Reserve’s Health & Human Trafficking Clinic. She also serves as managing 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.
Simek focuses her practice on legal issues impacting the LGBTQ+ community and human trafficking prevention and victim redress. Her other areas of interest include community lawyering and the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration, particularly with social services, on the efficacy of legal practice. The focus on these areas of interest inspired 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.
Simek earned her JD in 2010 from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, her MSSA in 2007 from Case Western Reserve’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and her BS in 2000 from John Carroll University. Simek is admitted to the bar in Ohio and California, and she is an Ohio Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervision designation (LISW-S).