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In-person events planned this year!


What a relief! As protocols related to the coronavirus pandemic are reduced, in-person events are being planned for this year.

The Access to Justice Awards Celebration! will be held at Sinclair Community College on Thursday, November 4, from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Justice on Tap! is being planned for this fall, as well. The events are presented by Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc., Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc., and the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project.

Quote from Access to Justice Awards Celebration! Co-Chairs Shannon Bockelman of Freund Freeze & Arnold and Christopher Hollon of Faruki PLL.

Nominations are being accepted for individuals and organizations who will be recognized for their outstanding services to low-income and disadvantaged area residents. An attorney will receive the Lloyd O’Hara Public Interest Law Award for pro bono legal assistance to people in need. The Patricia Rousseau Community Advocacy Award will be presented for activism; and the Community Impact Award will be awarded to an individual or organization that has prompted long-term improvements for low-income area residents. (All nominees must provide services in the Miami Valley and may not be employed by the presenting organizations.) Submit a nomination online here.

Nominations also may be submitted by email to or mailed to: Access to Justice Awards, 130 W. Second St., Suite 700, Dayton, OH 45402.  A selection committee, comprised of community representatives, will choose the honorees. For additional information, contact Karla Garrett Harshaw at (937) 535-4432.

Justice on Tap! will be organized by volunteers this year with assistance from ABLE’s staff. Lindsey Posey of the Social Security Administration is coordinating the event, along with Steven Strain, Veterans Legal Counsel for the Montgomery County Veterans Service Commission, who will seek assistance from the Dayton Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. The event is expected to be held this fall.

“We hope that people will come out for this,” says Strain. “It’s always a fun event, and it supports a good cause.”