The Ohio Justice Bus joined a prestigious group last week when it received the American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division Difference Maker Award in the Pro Bono category. The ABA GPSolo committee selected the Ohio Justice Bus for its work traveling the state to deliver civil legal services to low-income and underserved Ohioans. Funded by the AEP Foundation and the Ohio Access to Justice Foundation, Foundation Executive Director Angie Lloyd accepted the Award on behalf of the Bus.
“It’s been an extraordinary year of serving Ohioans for the Ohio Justice Bus,” Lloyd said. “We are so grateful for this incredible recognition. Support from volunteer attorneys and from our community partners make this critical work possible, and we couldn’t be more appreciative.”
In the last half of 2021, the Bus held 34 clinics with 19 partners. In 2022, the Bus is on track to more than double the 2021 numbers, helping more Ohioans access crucial civil legal services to improve their health, safety, and financial security.
The ABA GPSolo committee also honored Ohio Justice Bus supporter and Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) Immediate Past President David Lefton. Lefton received the Difference Maker Award for his extraordinary service to the legal profession. In his remarks, Lefton recalled how he joined the Bus on its inaugural trip back in 2019, when the Bus first toured the state with the OSBA.
“The Bus is doing great things,” Lefton said. “It’s wonderful to see their work recognized.”
The Ohio Justice Bus is funded by the AEP Foundation and the Ohio Access to Justice Foundation and is supported by the Supreme Court of Ohio. Visit www.ohiojusticebus.org for a full list of clinics and to volunteer.