Janica Pierce Tucker

Janica Pierce Tucker, partner-in-charge of the Taft Columbus office and board chair of The Legal Aid Society of Columbus, was recognized with the Presidential Award for her sustained commitment to pro bono service and access to justice.

Presidential Award

The Presidential Award for Pro Bono Service recognizes individuals, law firms, or organizations that have made outstanding efforts to improve access to justice in Ohio.

2021 Recipient
Janica Pierce Tucker 

Janica Pierce Tucker, partner-in-charge of the Taft Columbus office and board chair of The Legal Aid Society of Columbus, was recognized with the Presidential Award for her sustained commitment to pro bono service and access to justice.

2020 – Gerry Greene
2019 – Robert Curry
2018 – Judge Luann Cooperrider and Judge Dean Wilson
2017 – John P. Gilligan
2016 – Paul D. Hancock
2015 – Judge Colleen A. Falkowski
2014 – GE Aviation Legal Organization
2013 – Bricker & Eckler LLP
2012 – Ohio State Bar Association
2011 – The Honorable Mary Jane Trapp
2010 – Laurie J. Pangle

Ann McGowan Porath

Ann McGowan Porath, managing attorney of The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland’s Volunteer Lawyers Program and Intake Group, was recognized with the Denis J. Murphy Award for outstanding leadership and advocacy in building and sustaining pro bono programs.

Murphy Award

The Denis Murphy Award honors the Foundation’s founding president, and recognizes outstanding leadership within Ohio’s legal aids.

2020 Recipient
Ann McGowan Porath

Ann McGowan Porath, managing attorney of The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland’s Volunteer Lawyers Program and Intake Group, was recognized with the Denis J. Murphy Award for outstanding leadership and advocacy in building and sustaining pro bono programs.

2019 – John Schrider – The Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio
2018 – Pamela Hayman-Weaner and Gary Weston – Legal Aid of Western Ohio
2017 – Tom Bedall – Pro Seniors
2016 – Elaine E. Fink – Legal Aid of Greater Cincinnati’s Children and Education Practice Group
2015 – Rhonda Moore – Pro Seniors, Ellis Jacobs – Advocates for Basic Legal Equality
2014 – Marie B. Curry – Community Legal Aid
2013 – Helenka Marculewicz – Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project
2012 – Peter Iskin – The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
2010 – David Dawson – The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

Representative Dave Greenspan

Rep. Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) was recognized with the Voice of Justice Award for his legislative leadership in creating the Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative, a pilot program to help Ohioans overcome barriers to restoring their driver’s licenses.

Voice of Justice Award

The Voice of Justice Award recognizes outstanding leadership and advocacy on behalf of vulnerable Ohioans.

2019 Recipient
Representative Dave Greenspan

Rep. Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) was recognized with the Voice of Justice Award for his legislative leadership in creating the Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative, a pilot program to help Ohioans overcome barriers to restoring their driver’s licenses.

2017  – Scott Oelslager

2015 – Kirk Schuring