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The 2014 Miami Valley Access to Justice Awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary efforts in assisting the poor to gain equal justice and stabilize their lives. The Access to Justice Awards are presented by the nonprofit legal aid law firms of Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) and Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) and partner organization the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project (GDVLP).


Selections will be made for the following awards:

Lloyd O'Hara Public Interest Law Award

Awarded to an attorney for representation over time and the pro bono nature of the work. Past award recipients: Jeffrey Swillinger (2013), Nancy A. Roberson (2012), Caroline H. Gentry (2011), Thomas P. Whelley III (2011), Alan Kappers (2008), Brian M. Wakefield (2008), John C. Lombard (2007)

Community Advocacy Award

Recognizes advocacy and community organizing for equal justice. Past award recipients: Leaders for Equality & Action in Dayton (2013), John T. Donnellan (2012), Patricia S. Meadows (2012), Artemis Center (2011), Dennis A. Lieberman (2008), Rosa Torres Caskey (2007), East End Community Services (2006)

Community Impact Award

Recognizes an individual, government agency, or business for their efforts affecting the lives of low-income people. Past award recipients: Life Essentials (2013), Reach Out of Montgomery Co. (2012), Dr. Robert C. Walker (2011), Marie P. (Penny) Wolff (2008), Mary Bullen (2007), Faruki Ireland & Cox PLL (2006)


For additional information contact Karla Garrett Harshaw
at (937) 535-4432 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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