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Honoring dedicated public servants for committing their lives to helping others

There are those who have worked diligently in our community as advocates for the rights of low-income and disadvantaged people living in the Miami Valley. The Access to Justice Awards Celebration recognized those individuals on Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Sinclair Community College Conference Center.

The event is presented annually by the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project (GDVLP), Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO), and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), area providers of civil legal aid services. Proceeds are used by LAWO, ABLE & the GDVLP to provide free legal assistance to economically disadvantaged clients who cannot afford an attorney when facing such issues as domestic violence, elder abuse, tenant/landlord & foreclosure issues, disability, health care & immigration concerns.

Honorees included:

  • Lloyd O’Hara Public Interest Law Award: Michael A. Rake, Esq., Horenstein Nicholson & Blumenthal, LPA, Partner
  • Patricia Rousseau Community Advocacy Award: Gary LeRoy, M.D., Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine | President of the American Academy of Physicians
  • Community Impact Award: The Rev. Daryl Ward and the Rev. Vanessa Ward, Omega Baptist Church, Pastors Emeritus

For those who missed out on the event, but would still like to contribute to the campaign – you can do so here:

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Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc.

Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc.

Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) is a non-profit regional law firm that provide high quality legal assistance in civil matters to help eligible low-income individuals and groups in western Ohio achieve self reliance, and equal justice and economic opportunity.