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2023 Access to Justice Celebration

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project (GDVLP), and Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO), are now accepting nominations for the 2023 Access to Justice Awards in the Miami Valley region. Nominations may be submitted for the Lloyd O'Hara Public Interest Law Award for attorneys and law firms, and the Patricia Rousseau Community Advocacy Award for community advocates and activists. Nominations can be submitted online through the form below. The deadline for entries has been extended to Friday, September 22, 2023.

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


Awardees will be honored at the Access to Justice Awards Celebration on Thursday, November 2, 2023, at Sinclair Community College from 5-7:30 p.m. The Access to Justice Awards Celebration is an annual event led by the greater Dayton legal community with proceeds to support the joint efforts of ABLE, GDVLP, and LAWO's Campaign for Equal Justice. Each year, the event recognizes and celebrates individuals and organizations from the community for their extraordinary assistance in helping people living in poverty in the Miami Valley region receive fairness and equal justice.

All nominees must reside in the Miami Valley region and may not be employed by ABLE, GDVLP, or LAWO. If you have any questions regarding the nomination process or are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact ABLE's Regional Director of Development, Carmen Vega-Pérez, at