About Us

The Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project is a complementary agency to Legal Aid Of Western Ohio.  Our office currently has a staff of five;  Summer Hawks, Executive Director, and Paralegals Tricia Griffieth, Rachel Thompson, Thomas Snelling, and David Weichel.  We also have an Intern named Kayleigh for the summer of 2022!  Even with this small staff and a very frugal budget, the agency continues to provide services to approximately 500 cases each year.  Family law is the area of greatest need, but GDVLP has underserved clients needing assistance in bankruptcy, consumer law, probate law, unemployment appeals, criminal record sealing, and many other areas of the law.


VLP faces constant funding challenges, and with the current economy, there is little we can eliminate.  We appreciate how the legal community steps up and assists us by volunteering and by donating through the Access To Justice Campaign. We are also grateful the generous support we receive from:

American College of Bankruptcy


The Dayton Bar Association Foundation

The Darke County Foundation

Dayton Legal Heritage Foundation

The Eichelberger Foundation

Life Essentials

Montgomery County Human Services Planning and Development Department

The Ohio Supreme Court 

The Southern District of Ohio

United Way