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Toledo Area Fundraising Initiatives

2022 Access to Justice Awards Dinner

The 2022 Access to Justice Awards Dinner took place on Thursday, May 12, 2022, at The Pinnacle in Maumee. 300 guests and sponsors helped raise approximately $75,000 for critical legal aid programs and services provided by Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc., Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc., and the Toledo Bar Association's Pro Bono Legal Services Program.

Every year, the Access to Justice Awards Dinner honors extraordinary service in the public interest by individuals and organizations in northwest Ohio. Three individuals and an organization were recognized for their impact on our community at this year's event.

To read more about the 2022 Access to Justice Awards Dinner, click here.

2021 Justice for All Campaign

Thanks to our donors, we reached our goal of $165,000 for the 2021 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.

2021 Justice for All Campaign

Robert (Rob) S. Salem, Co-Chair
Univ. of Toledo, College of Law

Carasusana Wall, Co-Chair
Zoll & Krantz, LLC

Janet E. Hales, ABLE, Executive Director
Brad Lagusch, TBA, Executive Director
Kevin C. Mulder, LAWO, Executive Director
Gina Scherzer, TBA, Director of Marketing & Communications
Carmen Vega-Perez, ABLE, Development Assistant



The 2022 Justice for All Campaign will kick off this summer!

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.