Bellaire and Akron attorneys to be honored for pro bono work


CONTACT: Annie Yamson

(614) 487-4456

COLUMBUS (August 20, 2018) – Attorneys Grace Hoffman and William Dowling will be honored with the John and Ginny Elam Pro Bono Award at the Ohio State Bar Association's annual meeting in Columbus on Aug. 23, 2018. 


Ms. Hoffman has been a partner at the Bellaire firm of Lancione, Lloyd & Hoffman since 2008, handling a variety of cases from domestic relations to real estate. She has been an active volunteer with the Southeastern Ohio legal Services' Belmont County Legal Clinic since its inception and took over management of the clinic in 2008. Today, she continues to ensure access to high-quality legal help for her rural community. In addition, Hoffman has served as secretary for the Belmont County Bar Association since 1995 and serves on the boards of the Salvation Army and the Tri-County Help Center. She received her undergraduate degree from West Liberty State College and her law degree from the Duquesne University School of Law.


Mr. Dowling is of counsel to Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs and a practitioner in residence at the University of Akron School of Law. A past-president of the Akron Bar Association, Dowling worked tirelessly to expand pro bono services in Summit County, including accepting referrals himself from the Community Legal Aid Volunteer Services Program for nearly two decades. Most recently, in 2013 he developed and continues to sustain the Volunteers Assisting Licensed Individual Drivers (VALID) program, which helps low-income Akron residents navigate the driver's license reinstatement process via a monthly free clinic. Dowling received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and his law degree from Yale University. *Download Photo


About the Award

Since 2008, the John and Ginny Elam Pro Bono Award has been awarded annually to an attorney whose selfless donation of time and talent to pro bono causes may be an inspiration for fellow lawyers to do the same. Nominees are selected based upon their history of providing, facilitating or encouraging the delivery of pro bono services, not exclusively legal services, to persons of limited means or to charitable, religious, civic, community, government and/or educational organizations. Award winners earn the right to designate a nonprofit organization to receive a $5,000 grant for service that furthers the intent of the Elam Award. This year's grant funds will be split among the winners' organizations of choice.


The Elam pro bono award was named in memory of John C. Elam, who exhibited an abiding interest in encouraging lawyers and law firms to engage in pro bono activities, and also generously donated his own time and talents to many activities promoting the common good and helping to ensure the justice system is available to all. To honor his memory, his wife, Ginny Elam, established the award to encourage such activities by recognizing exceptional pro bono legal work in the state of Ohio. 


About the Event

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith L. French will be presenting Ms. Hoffman and Mr. Dowling with the John and Ginny Elam Pro Bono Award at the Ohio State Bar Association annual meeting luncheon on Aug. 23, 2017, at 12:15 p.m. in the ballroom of the Hilton Columbus at Easton.


Members of the media are invited to cover the event. Please RSVP by contacting Annie Yamson at or 614-487-4456.


About the Ohio State Bar Association 

The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 26,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio. Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.




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