Back in February, the 2013 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award recipients were announced and the nine exceptional winners included attorneys, firms, and law schools that gave back to disabled veterans, the homeless, immigrants preyed upon by fraudulent non-lawyers, and more. As promised, Super Lawyers provided in depth profiles of the winners in this month's issue of the magazine.
It's truly an impressive slate of winners, and for those of you looking for inspiration for your own project, the Super Lawyers Pro Bono Awards 2013 issue is, appropriately, available online for free.
This year's winners include:
- Michael P. Pasquale, McCarter & English, LLP, Newark, NJ
Represented and helped protect wounded and disabled soldiers by fighting for pensions and healthcare coverage, as well as a bill to protect deployed single-parent soldiers that passed in 2013.
- Victor Schachter, Fenwick & West LLP, Mountain View, CA
Helped establish mediation centers in India and the Balkans, significantly reducing the amount of backlogged dockets and producing faster resolution of legal problems for millions of people.
- Morrison & Foerster LLP, San Francisco, CA
Provided legal representation and social services to low-income and underserved San Franciscans.
- Bodman PLC, Detroit, MI
Worked to resolve civil infractions and misdemeanors through Street Outreach Court Detroit with the local homeless population and founded the local chapter of Homeless Experience Legal Protection (H.E.L.P.), a program that holds legal clinics for the homeless.
- Penn State University, Dickinson School of Law, Children's Advocacy Clinic, Carlisle, PA
Law students partnered with graduate social work students and medical residents to represent abused and neglected children.
- University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, Law School Clinical Programs, Denver, CO
The Environmental Law Clinic obtained a significant settlement for residents of polluted Denver neighborhoods. Other law clinics focused on civil rights, economic development, civil litigation, mediation & arbitration and criminal defense
- Laura Diven, Law Student at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA
Created a comprehensive information bank of HIV service providers to serve the legal needs of HIV patients and volunteered at the Los Angeles HIV Law and Policy Project.
- Vanessa Stine, Law Student at Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, PA
Started the Notario Fraud Project in Pennsylvania to protect immigrants represented by fraudulent non-lawyers.
- San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, San Diego, CA
Provided legal service to the San Diego community through the collaboration of more than 500 attorneys, firms, law students, and paralegals.
Looking for Inspiration
If you're looking for inspiration,pro bono or otherwise, the May 2014 Super Lawyers issues, as well as back issues, are available for free on the Super Lawyers Digital Edition website.
Small disclaimer: Super Lawyers is a Thomson Reuters product, which makes them our distant (and independent) corporate cousins. Got to love family, right?
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