Attorney Erica Laros Receives 2017 Dorothy Lohmann Community Service Award

06/20/2017 - The Rhode Island Bar Association’s Dorothy Lohmann Community Service Award is named in memory of Rhode Island attorney Dorothy Lohmann who devoted her entire professional life to helping the poor. The Dorothy Lohmann Community Service Award honors lawyers who make noteworthy contributions in time and effort to a Rhode Island non-profit organization on a strictly voluntary, non-paid basis.

Erica Laros, Esq., of Laros Law, LLC, in Providence, is recognized for her outstanding work on behalf of the Childhood Lead Action Project. Since 1992, the Childhood Lead Action Project has worked to eliminate childhood lead poisoning through education, parent support and advocacy. The Project is the only organization in Rhode Island devoted exclusively to this critical issue.

Attorney Laros was first introduced to the Project while working on lead poisoning compliance issues for the RI Department of Health. While working there, she went beyond the call of duty in meeting with the organization frequently with updates on her work, and providing technical assistance on legislative matters. After leaving her position at the Department of Health in 2011, Erica became the Project’s go-to volunteer attorney. She devoted hours to providing the organization with legal research on state and municipal housing laws; actively participated in multiple legislative campaigns to advocate for state funding for childhood lead poisoning programs; provided training to their staff on legal issues; and became a member of their board of directors in 2014, giving freely of her time and expertise. With an impressive demonstration of personal and organizational skills, the following year she was elected co-chair of their board of directors. Erica is known for her commitment to working with the underserved and her tremendous passions for social justice.

According to the Childhood Lead Action Project’s Founding Executive Director Roberta Hazen Aaronson: In our work together, Erica distinguishes herself by working quickly to identify and conquer problems that others couldn't or weren't willing to tackle. She is extremely sharp, motivated and reliable, but also remains accessible, compassionate and highly skilled at working with others. Erica's ability to communicate about legal concepts to non-lawyers with clarity and respect is particularly valuable. She also practices law in a very real and practical context, recognizing that solving problems often requires collaboration across professional disciplines.