Dayton Area Lawyer is 2015 Murphy Award Winner

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Longtime Dayton area lawyer Ellis Jacobs is a winner of the 2015 Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation Murphy Award.

Created by the Foundation in 1998, the award is named for the late Denis Murphy, a Columbus lawyer and founding board member of the Foundation who advocated for strong funding for civil legal aid.

Jacobs, a Dayton native, joined the Legal Aid Society of Dayton in 1987 and is an attorney in the Dayton office of Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE), a successor organization. In addition to representing individual clients of ABLE, Jacobs has over the years assisted a number of community organizations devoted to environmental, housing and health matters. He is also a past chair of the Yellow Springs Planning Commission.

He was nominated for the Murphy Award by Dayton attorney Gary Leppla, a member of the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation Board of Trustees, who said of Jacobs “Ellis has been a tower of dedication and strength in Dayton and statewide communities on essential issues.”

The award was presented to Jacobs Thursday evening during the Miami Valley Access to Justice Awards Gala at Sinclair Community College.

Pro Seniors Executive Director is Murphy Award Winner

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Rhonda Y. Moore, a lawyer and Executive Director of Cincinnati-based Pro Seniors, is a winner of the 2015 Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation Murphy Award.

Created by the Foundation in 1998, the award is named for the late Denis Murphy, a Columbus lawyer and founding board member of the Foundation who advocated for strong funding for civil legal aid.

Ms. Moore left private law practice in 2001 to become the Pro Seniors Executive Director. Under her leadership the organization has become a leading statewide advocate for Ohioans 60 years and older. She oversees a staff of 22 attorneys, eight ombudsmen, and staff and volunteers for the Senior Medicaid Patrol. In 2014 Pro Seniors was recognized by the Center for Elder Rights Advocacy for its Legal Hotline, a telephone legal advice line for seniors, which served the most number of clients, at the lowest cost per call, in the country.

She was nominated for the Murphy Award by Pro Seniors’ Board of Trustees, which stated Ms. Moore is a respected nonprofit leader in Greater Cincinnati and is recognized as an exceptionally hardworking, dedicated collaborator.

The award was presented to Ms. Moore Monday during Pro Seniors’ 40th Anniversary Celebration at the Sharonville Convention Center in Cincinnati.

Pro Seniors Celebrates 40 Years of Serving Seniors

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Pro Seniors, a nonprofit founded in 1975, has had a tremendous impact on older Ohioans with legal and long-term care problems through its three programs: legal services, long-term care ombudsman, and Ohio SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol). Pro Seniors operates a free Legal Hotline to help older Ohioans in resolving their legal problems. Pro Seniors’ long-term care ombudsmen are advocates for seniors and ensure that they are being treated with respect in their long-term care situation. Using a team of volunteers, Ohio SMP helps seniors prevent, detect and report identity theft and health care fraud.

In its 40 years, Pro Seniors has helped more than 110,000 seniors with legal problems, has made over 15,000 visits to long-term care facilities, and has recovered over $36,000,000 in retirement benefits. Pro Seniors has worked tirelessly to educate Ohioans by conducting community education presentations to 166,000 seniors, their families and caregivers, as well as professionals who help older persons. Pro Seniors has been an invaluable resource of accurate information, distributing over 106,000 legal and long-term care educational materials, including an extensive collection of pamphlets.

To celebrate these accomplishments and 40 years of protecting Ohio’s seniors, Pro Seniors is honoring four Seniors Who Rock at an anniversary event. The honorees include: Marty Brennaman; Sr. Rose Ann Fleming; the Honorable Nathaniel Jones; and Mary Meinhardt. Each honoree is over 70 years old, is an inspiration for their achievements, and has remained active as a senior citizen.

Brennaman has been the iconic radio voice of the Cincinnati Reds on the Cincinnati Reds Radio Network since 1974. Fleming, an attorney, is special assistant to Xavier President Michael Graham, S.J., and an NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative for Xavier University, working with the men’s basketball players. Retired Judge Jones has had a distinguished career that includes serving as general counsel of NAACP and on the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Meinhardt is a dedicated advocate for seniors, serving as a volunteer guardian for Cincinnati Area Senior Services and board member of EPIC House and Pro Seniors.