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2021 Access to Justice Awards Nomination Form




Individuals, organizations, and businesses in the Miami Valley will be recognized for providing extraordinary assistance to low-income and disadvantaged people in our community by helping them to gain access to justice and secure stability in their lives. Nominees may be an attorney or other advocate who has demonstrated concern and dedication to assisting individuals in need.

Honorees will be selected for the following: Lloyd O'Hara Public Interest Law Award that recognizes attorneys; Patricia Rousseau Community Advocacy Award for activism; and Community Impact Award for long-term enhancements for low-income area residents. (All nominees must reside in the Miami Valley and may not be employed by ABLE, GDVLP and LAWO.)

The awards will be presented at the Access to Justice Awards Celebration! to be held Thursday, November 4 at 5:00 p.m. The event will be virtual instead of in person for safety due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The event is presented by Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc. (GDVLP) and Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO), organizations that provide free legal assistance to low-income individuals and families facing foreclosures, domestic violence, elder abuse, disability, public benefits and consumer issues, foreclosures, and immigration concerns.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, August 9, 2021.

A selection committee, comprised of community representatives, will choose the honorees. If you have questions regarding the nomination process, please contact Karla Garrett Harshaw at or (937) 535-4432.

Lloyd O'Hara Award - please answer below:
Patricia Rousseau Community Advocacy Award - please answer both sections:
Community Impact Award
Please upload any supporting documents below. Thank you.