OLAF Presidential Award for Pro Bono Service

The Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation Presidential Award for Pro Bono Service is presented annually by the President of the OLAF Board of Trustees to an individual, firm, or organization that has provided outstanding leadership in the delivery of pro bono legal services in the State of Ohio.

Past Award Recipients

Paul D. Hancock - 2016 Recipient

Paul Hancock, holding the award, alongside (L to R) Kathleen Trafford, Foundation board president, Angela Lloyd, Foundation executive director, and Melissa LaRocco, pro bono director at Legal Aid of Western Ohio.

Findlay resident Paul D. Hancock is the 2016 recipient of the Foundation's Presidential Award for Pro Bono Service. Hancock is an attorney retired from Marathon Petroleum Company who now volunteers as a pro bono attorney for Legal Aid of Western Ohio. In 2015 he represented 17 different low-income clients in family law cases in Hancock, Logan, Lucas and Shelby counties. In addition to his casework, Hancock also provides brief information and advice at legal aid clinics in Hancock County.

Judge Colleen A. Falkowski - 2015 Recipient

Judge Falkowski, holding the award, alongside (L to R) Colleen Cotter, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland executive director, Kathleen Trafford, Foundation board president, and Angela Lloyd, Foundation executive director.

Lake County Domestic Relations Judge Colleen A. Falkowski is the 2015 recipient of the Foundation's Presidential Award for Pro Bono Service. Judge Falkowski was recognized for the creation of a quarterly legal clinic that helps people who cannot afford an attorney by providing legal advice and information from pro bono attorneys; assistance with filing court papers from a court clerk; and information about available resources from a mental health professional.

The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, which nominated Judge Falkowski for the award, said in its nomination "Judge Falkowski is an outstanding example of how one person can improve access to justice through pro bono leadership."

GE Aviation Legal Organization - 2014 Recipient

Accepting the award on behalf of the GE Avaition Legal Organization were (L to R) Murray Griess, Sushupta Sudarshan, Gregory Young, Michael McAlevey, Carey Greiner and Phillip Smith.

The Legal Organization of GE Aviation, based in Cincinnati, is the 2014 winner of the Foundation's Presidential Award for Pro Bono Service. The GE Aviation Legal Organization was recognized for its ongoing support for a number of pro bono legal projects.

"GE Aviation helps improve the communities where we live and work, and providing legal services to those who cannot afford a lawyer brings us closer together by reducing inequalities," said Michael McAlevey, Vice President and General Counsel, Legal Operations and Business Development, who accepted the award on behalf of GE Aviation.

Bricker & Eckler LLP - 2013 Recipient

Accepting the award on behalf of Bricker & Eckler were administrative partner Faith Williams, left, and Sally Bloomfield.

Bricker & Eckler LLP, a Columbus based law firm with two other Ohio offices, is the recipient of the 2013 Presidential Award for Pro Bono Service. "At Bricker & Eckler, providing legal services to those in need is at the heart of our beliefs, and we all share a desire to improve access to justice for the people of our communities, regardless of their ability to pay," said Faith Williams, the firm's administrative partner.




Ohio State Bar Association - 2012 Recipient

The Ohio State Bar Association, the statewide voluntary association for Ohio attorneys, was recognized for its steadfast support of pro bono service as a core professional value.


2011 - The Honorable Mary Jane Trapp

2010 - Laurie J. Pangle

2009 - The Honorable Robert P. Ringland

2008 - Ulmer & Berne

2007 - Richard W. Pogue

2006 - The Honorable W. Scott Oelslager

2005 - David A. Kutik and The Honorable Walter Herbert Rice

2004 - Diana Thimmig

2003 - Richard A. Cordray

2002 - Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation of Greater Cincinnati; Licking County Magistrate Stephanie Clark

2001 - Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery

2000 - Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project

1999 - Sternberg Newman Shifrin & Associates of Akron; Barkan & Neff of Columbus; Gilliam & Ireland of Dayton

1998 - Denis J. Murphy - 1998

1997 - William K. Weisenberg - 1997

1996 - Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease of Columbus