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2024 Justice for All Campaign


 

America holds close the ideal of equal justice for all, but all too often, justice is out of reach for many of its most vulnerable citizens. Civil legal aid steps in to ensure that this promise is made a reality for the thousands of individuals and families who need representation in the justice system, but could not otherwise afford an attorney. By giving to the Justice for All Campaign, you can make justice a reality for individuals and families in northwest Ohio.

The Justice for All Campaign is a fundraising partnership among

  • Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE)
  • Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) and
  • The Toledo Bar Association (TBA) Pro Bono Legal Services Program.

As the sole providers of free civil legal aid to low-income residents of northwest Ohio, the Justice for All Campaign unites our fundraising efforts to ensure that vulnerable and disenfranchised members of our community have equal access to the legal system.

Each year, thousands of people in our community request legal help from LAWO, TBA Pro Bono, and ABLE. Through gifts from our friends and supporters in the Toledo legal community, we are able to provide life-changing assistance to victims of elder abuse, veterans, survivors of domestic violence, and many families living, working, and raising their children in poverty who struggle to meet their day-to-day needs of housing, food, healthcare, or education for their children. But even though we served so many, there are still more who need our help, and we ask that you support us again this year.

Members of Our Community Need Your Help

Your investment in the Justice for All Campaign gives hope to our clients and creates stability in the community as their legal problems are resolved. Options for supporting the work of ABLE, the TBA Pro Bono Legal Services Program, and LAWO are as varied as the programs and services we offer. Whatever your interest—helping children, preventing homelessness, providing safety, rebuilding neighborhoods, protecting civil rights, providing for veterans—there is opportunity within this campaign.

When you support the Justice for All Campaign, you contribute to equal justice under the law – something we all care about.

For more information, please contact Carmen Vega-Pérez, Regional Director of Development at cvega@ablelaw.org.

Donate today!

Campaign Co-Chairs
Steven P. Collier, Co-Chair
Collier Mediation, LLC

Susan Hartman Muska, Co-Chair
Law Office of Susan Hartman Muska

Cabinet Committee Members
Emily Desmond
ABLE

Thomas Dillon
Shumaker

Brandi Doniere
TBA

Heather L. Hall
ABLE

Bradley J. Lagusch
TBA

Peter Lavalette
RCO Law

Andrew Miller
Midwest Tape

Kevin C. Mulder
LAWO

Adam S. Nightingale
Eastman and Smith

Greg Robinette

MacMillan, Sobanski & Todd

Meghan Roth
Marshall & Melhorn

Katie Schuyler
University of Toledo

Sarah Skow
Spengler Nathanson

Carmen Vega-Pérez
ABLE

 

2024 Justice for All Campaign Ambassadors

Cheryl Mendenhall
Allotta & Farley Co., LPA

Margaret G. Beck
Brady, Coyle & Schmidt, Ltd.

Janelle Matuszak
Bugbee & Conkle, LLP

Charles E. Boyk
Charles E. Boyk Law Office

James E. Yavorcik
Cubbon & Associates Co., LPA

Adam S. Nightingale
Eastman & Smith Ltd.-Toledo

Jeffrey W. Swiech
Gallon, Takacs & Boissoneault Co., LPA

Christopher F. Parker
Goranson, Parker & Bella Co., LPA

Bruce S. Schoenberger
Gressley, Kaplan & Parker

Stevin J. Groth
Groth & Associates

Jeremiah O'Brien
LaValley, LaValeey, Todak & Schaefer Co., LPA

 

 

 

Tim Van Tuinen
MacMillan, Sobanski & Todd, LLC

Richard R. Malone
Malone, Ault & Farell

William J. Bingle
Maloney, McHugh & Kolodgy, Ltd.

Meghan Anderson Roth
Marshall & Melhorn, LLC

J. Randall Engwert
Reminger Co., LPA

Peter N. Lavalette
RCO Law

Sarah Skow
Spengler Nathanson

Robert S. Salem
University of Toledo College of Law

Michelle Kranz
Zoll & Kranz

Cara Wall
Zoll & Kranz

 

 

We Thank You for Another Successful Access to Justice Awards Dinner

Many thanks to our co-chairs Ray Arce and Mark Barnes, our Steering Committee, all our sponsors, and attendees for another successful Access to Justice Awards Dinner on June 20, 2024 at the Pinnacle in Maumee, Ohio.

It was an honor to recognize our award winners – the Honorable Michelle Wagner (Public Interest Law Award recipient), the Honorable Ian B. English (Community Advocacy Award recipient), and Mom’s House/Christina Rodriguez (Community Advocacy Award recipient). The work these three individuals are doing in our community is inspiring, stimulating, and hopeful.

Our guest speaker Erin Gruwell told her inspirational story on how when we come together we can do so much good – not only for a moment but also long term. The work that Ms. Gruwell achieved with her students bringing them to a better life and future, resonates with the work that ABLE, LAWO, and the Toledo Bar Association Pro Bono Legal Services Program are doing in our community. The help these three organizations receive from our donors is so valuable. We are very fortunate to have good people in our community.

 

Click here for more information about the Access to Justice Awards Dinner.

Teacher, author, and education reform activist, Erin Gruwell, was the 2024 keynote speaker.

Teacher, author, and education reform activist, Erin Gruwell, was the 2024 keynote speaker.

Info on Your Charitable Donation

ABLE is a charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

The ABLE Tax ID# is 23-7376131.