Judge Luann Cooperrider and Judge Dean Wilson

Judge Luann Cooperrider and Judge Dean Wilson established and run the Perry County Free Legal Clinic in 2008. The clinic has served more than 800 clients.

Presidential Award

The Presidential Award for Pro Bono Service recognizes outstanding leadership in the delivery of pro bono legal services.

2018 Recipients
Judge Luann Cooperrider and Judge Dean Wilson 

Judge Luann Cooperrider of Perry County Probate Court/Juvenile Court and Judge Dean Wilson of Perry County Municipal Court established and run the Perry County Free Legal Clinic. The clinic has served more than 800 clients.

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

Tom Bedall

Tom Bedall served as Managing Attorney of Pro Seniors for 19 years, where he provided outstanding advocacy for the rights of Ohio’s seniors, and is a leader in technology innovation within Ohio’s legal aids.

Murphy Award

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

2017 Recipient
Tom Bedall

Tom Bedall served as Managing Attorney of Pro Seniors for 19 years, where he provided outstanding advocacy for the rights of Ohio’s seniors, and is a leader in technology innovation within Ohio’s legal aids.

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

Senator Scott Oelslager

Senator Scott Oelslager was recognized with the 2017 Voice of Justice award for his legislative leadership supporting legal services for low-income and underserved Ohioans throughout his 30-year career in the General Assembly.

Voice of Justice Award

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

2017 Recipient
Senator Scott Oelslager

Senator Scott Oelslager was recognized with the 2017 Voice of Justice award for his legislative leadership supporting legal services for low-income and underserved Ohioans throughout his 30-year career in the General Assembly.

2015 – Kirk Schuring