Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) are non-profit regional law firms that provide high quality legal assistance in civil matters to help eligible low-income individuals and groups in western Ohio achieve self reliance, and equal justice and economic opportunity.
Low-income residents of western Ohio turn to LAWO for help with a variety of legal matters. Our experienced staff of attorneys, paralegals, and support personnel serves 32 northwest and west central Ohio counties through offices in Dayton, Defiance, Findlay, Lima, Sandusky, Springfield and Toledo. LAWO provides a full range of legal services, including legal advice, negotiation, litigation, and community education. Special projects serve victims of domestic violence, seniors, and migrant farmworkers.
Using both litigation and advocacy, ABLE handles civil (non-criminal) legal matters that promote systemic change on behalf of individuals and groups of low-income people in the areas of civil rights and poverty law. Much of our work seeks to change policy, laws, and regulations at local and state levels.
ABLE programs and advocates provide specialized legal assistance, including representation on behalf of those who are discriminated against, advocacy for the disabled, advocacy for nursing home and long-term care facility residents, litigation in public policy cases, and outreach and education to low-income people and community organizations serving the poor or areas that coincide with the law firms legal priorities.
ABLE serves 32 counties of western Ohio from its offices in Dayton, Defiance, and Toledo. Attorneys and advocate staff work with legal problems that affect large groups of low-income people. Successful case outcomes bring about permanent changes in services, systems and institutions that ultimately benefit hundreds or even thousands of individuals and families.
The Race4Justice is coordinated by ABLE and LAWO’s Emerging Leaders Council, a group of attorneys who are the next generation of leaders in the legal community.
It is the role of the Emerging Leaders Council to support the work and mission of Legal Aid through professional development, pro bono participation, and other ways that will raise awareness of these important community resources.