From left to right: Steven D. Allred of McGuireWoods LLP; Donna P. Savage & Nancy Black Norelli accepting on behalf of Norelli Law, PLLC; Sheri A. Harrison; Harriet “Sis” Kaplan; Larry J. Dagenhart of McGuirewoods LLP; Christopher A. Hicks accepting on behalf of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP; Minette C. Trosch accepting on behalf of Conrad Trosch & Kemmy, P.A.; and Landon S. Eustache of Hunton & Williams LLP.
Local pro bono attorneys, advocates recognized by nonprofits at Pro Bono Awards
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The area’s largest recipients of pro bono services, Council for Children’s Rights (CFCR), Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) and Legal Services of Southern Piedmont (LSSP), hosted the third annual Pro Bono Awards Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Foundation for the Carolinas to honor local attorneys and advocates who generously give their time and expertise to local underserved children, families and individuals in legal crisis. A special presentation by Charlotte Mayor Daniel Clodfelter was also made at the event to honor former Chief Justice Sarah Parker for her commitment to access to justice in N.C.
In the past year, approximately 550 attorneys and advocates gave more than 6,400 pro bono hours to CFCR, LANC and LSSP, serving upwards of 1,300 local children, families and individuals in need. The local firms, attorneys and advocates recognized and honored at the event made considerable pro bono contributions toward the community’s access to vital legal services and transformed the lives of hundreds of area residents in the past year.
Larry J. Dagenhart of McGuireWoods LLP was the recipient of the Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award, a lifetime achievement honor recognizing an individual whose longstanding and exceptional dedication to pro bono legal service has made a meaningful impact on access to justice in the community and state.
“It’s essential that our legal system be accessible and fair to everyone,” Dagenhart said. “People involved in the system need a lawyer, but often cannot afford one. Every lawyer and every law firm has a responsibility to provide some professional pro bono service and see that justice is done.”
The Outstanding Firm Service Award, recognizing firms whose longtime partnerships and creative contributions have increased the capacities of CFCR, LANC and LSSP in serving local individuals, families and children in need, was awarded to:
- Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP;
- Conrad Trosch & Kemmy, P.A.; and
- Norelli Law, PLLC.
The Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, honoring attorneys who have contributed a considerable amount of pro bono hours and given local nonprofits the ability to serve more clients and initiate new projects, was awarded to:
- Sheri A. Harrison;
- Stephen D. Allred of McGuireWoods LLP; and
- Landon S. Eustache of Hunton & Williams LLP.
The Outstanding Volunteer Service Award was awarded to Harriet Sis Kaplan to recognize her more than five years of service in Council for Children’s Rights’ Custody Advocacy Program.
Among this year’s Pro Bono Awards sponsors were Presenting Sponsor Lawyers Weekly and Zealous Champion McGuireWoods LLP. More than 200 attorneys, judges, advocates and community members were in attendance.
Council for Children’s Rights leads our community to stand up for every child’s right to be safe, healthy and educated. The Children’s Legal Services teams serve over 2,500 children per year and respond to more than 1,000 advice and guidance inquiries, while the Research and Planning and Policy Teams address local and state legislative changes that may impact all children in our community. www.cfcrights.org
Legal Aid of North Carolina is a statewide, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people in order to ensure equal access to justice and to remove legal barriers to economic opportunity. www.legalaidnc.org
Legal Services of Southern Piedmont’s mission is to assure a full measure of justice for those in need. LSSP provides a wide range of civil legal assistance to eligible low-income persons in the Charlotte metropolitan area and west-central NC. www.lssp.org