"Establish a community of tiny homes with on-site services to help homeless individuals."

Future 50 Class of 2020

Mindy Yocum

Owner, Yocum Law Office, and founder, JusticeMobile

About: Former Teleperformance supervisor and Shamrock Golf Club manager Mindy Yocum graduated from law school in 2015 and started a law firm with the goal to help people who lacked access to legal advice or representation. Sliding scales were not enough to help as many people as she wanted to help, however. So she joined the SEA Change social enterprise accelerator and adopted a model employing partnerships with organizations including Hot Chicken Takeover, Action for Children, Mount Carmel Outreach, Star House and The Refuge. Since the beginning of 2018, she has assisted more than 1,500 people who lacked access to legal help. Yocum holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Ohio State University and a juris doctor from Capital University School of Law.

Outside work: In 2019, Yocum founded JusticeMobile, a nonprofit mobile legal clinic. The clinic began rolling in July 2019 to help people with immediate legal needs. Long-term, Yocum would like to provide video court access in rural areas; streamline filing processes for individuals in county courts; and partner with local businesses to remove legal barriers to prosperity and help people advance up the economic ladder.

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What does Columbus need to thrive? “As a community, I believe we do a great job of supporting our neighbors, encouraging growth and challenging outdated beliefs. We are a city of action—and when we see issues or problems, we look for solutions. Programs that support entrepreneurship and social impact are incredibly important. Additionally, I think it is essential for government agencies, nonprofits and private companies to work together. Too often, we duplicate the efforts of other community members instead of partnering with our colleagues or competitors to improve everyone’s social impact.”

Yocum’s idea: “Establish a community of tiny homes with on-site services to help homeless individuals; advocate for policy that allows evictions to be sealed; create a social enterprise incubator encouraging job development and collaboration; give high school students information about legal rights, from what do I do if I am pulled over to what if my landlord won’t fix my air conditioning.”

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