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October 18, 2022

Lydia Gross Honored for Community Service

The Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF) is pleased to Lydia Gross as a recipient of its Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under. The award is given to attorneys who work to make a difference in their communities, outside of their practice area, and without compensation. A public charity committed to improving the justice system and enhancing the public understanding of the rule of law throughout Ohio, the OSBF promotes excellence in the legal profession by recognizing attorneys who give back. 

Gross is currently an Associate Attorney with Dworken and Bernstein in Painesville, where she is counsel on domestic relations and probate matters. Outside of her professional career, Lydia is active in several community organizations including the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, where she facilitates for Legal Aid clients in Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula Counties. She is a trustee of the Rabbit Run Community Arts Association which maintains the Performance Art Theater (a barn theater) in Madison, providing people of all ages in northeast Ohio the opportunity to participate in affordable programs and education in fine and performing arts.  

Gross also volunteers with the Lake County Humane Society and crochets in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church’s Prayer Shawlers Group. Before becoming an attorney, Lydia explored her interest in history as an intern at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., and she continues to bring her historical knowledge to Northeast Ohio as a member of the Madison Historical Society. In fact, Lydia and her husband, Alex, continue to work together on renovating the “Bailey House,” one of the first homes in Madison. 

“Lydia is a steady and reliable volunteer that has served at least one client for every virtual clinic, more or less on a quarterly basis, and continues to facilitate for Legal Aid clients in Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula Counties.,” said Daniel Natalie, a supervising attorney at The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (LASC).  

Gross is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and earned her law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. 

Higgins received the OSBF’s Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under on October 18 during a luncheon hosted by the Ohio State Bar Association. 

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