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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) proudly hosted the annual Access to Justice Awards Celebration on Thursday, November 2, 2023, at the Sinclair Community College.

The Access to Justice Awards Celebration is an annual event led by the Dayton legal community with proceeds to support critical legal services in our region. Guests received information about our 2023 Campaign for Equal Justice and discovered additional ways to support our legal services that benefit veterans, survivors of domestic violence, food and housing-insecure individuals, children with special needs, immigrants and agricultural workers, and more. Festivities included heavy hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, networking opportunities, and recognition of our worthy Access to Justice Awards Celebration recipients.

Ericka Curran received the 2023 Lloyd O’Hara Public Interest Law Award for her significant impact on Dayton’s vulnerable immigrant and refugee populations. Laura Bucio, an English as a Second Language Teacher and Program Coordinator at Tecumseh Local Schools, was this year’s recipient of the 2023 Patricia Rousseau Community Advocacy Award for her above-and-beyond efforts to help ESL students achieve greatness. 

The 2023 Access to Justice Awards Celebration was generously sponsored by:

Pillar of Justice Sponsor
WilmerHale, LLP

Platinum Sponsors
Taft Law
Thompson Hine, LLP

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors
Foos & Lentz, LLP
Surdyk, Dowd & Turner Co., LPA

Bronze Sponsors
First Financial Bank
GDVLP Board of Trustees
Montgomery County Board of Commissioners and Human Services Planning & Development Department

Copper Sponsors
Terry & Lindsey Posey
Sinclair Community College

Justice on Tap 2023 Sponsors
The Dayton Beer Company
Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP
Ferneding Insurance
Foos & Lentz, LLP
Matthew J. Scarr, CPA, LLC
Reminger Co., LPA
Taft Law
Thompson Hine, LLP
Waite, Tomb & Eberly, LLP

For additional questions about supporting the Campaign for Equal Justice, please contact Jennifer Snedigar, Regional Director of Development at