Friday, April 27, 2012

Archdiocesan Legal Network recognizes their fleet of volunteers, whose pro bono contributions total $10M!

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Scovia Namutosi of our ALN greets Todd Coles
Imagine how scary it must be for a family living on a very tight budget and feeling alone to try and face a complex legal situation – like a landlord who won’t make critical repairs at your home, or being wrongly fired from your job, or having to fight for the right to keep your child.

This is the need our Archdiocesan Legal Network meets. More than 1,400 people received some form of legal assistance last year with a civil matter. And that’s only possible thanks to the 600 attorneys and 60 law firms who step up and offer their services pro bono.

So, on Tuesday, April 24, we said thank you.

Renee Stake (2nd from left), an ALN volunteer award recipient
“These volunteers are the lifeblood of the Legal Network,” said Jim Bishop, Senior Program Manager for the Archdiocesan Legal Network. “They know the critical legal issues that people may be facing, whether it’s domestic violence, or benefits disputes, or custody issues. It’s hard to get through those situations without professional legal help, which can be difficult to afford for people with limited income.”

The Legal Network honored several corporate and individual volunteers for their outstanding contributions to the program’s work:
  • The Milan C. Miskovsky Award was presented to Hewlett Packard Company, whose employees regularly assist the Legal Network’s with its intake clinic.
  • The Cardinal Hickey Award was presented to Renee M. Stake, Manager of Marketing & Client Services at Troutman Sanders LLP, who organizes a benefit golf tournament each year for the Legal Network; and to William E. Lawler, III, of Vinson & Elkins LLP, the Legal Network’s outgoing Advisory Council Chair.
  • The Legal Network also recognized outgoing Advisory Council Members: H. Christopher Bartolomucci, William A. Geoghegan, Gregory J. Granitto, Joyce T. Gwadz, Terence M. Hynes, David M. Orta, and Thomas D. Yannucci.
Julie LaFave from HP accepts award from Jim Bishop
Both Bishop Barry C. Knestout, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, and Father John, President and CEO of Catholic Charities, were in attendance to thank these volunteers for their enormous contributions. “The people we serve here at Catholic Charities have many complex needs,” said Father John.  “We are so grateful to these volunteer legal professionals, who recognize the gifts they’ve been given with their talents and educations, and now are giving back to their community through our Legal Network.”
Raymond S.E. Pushkar, Susie Hoffman &Chris Bartolomucci

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Read more great stories about our Archdiocesan Legal Network.

Interested in the services offered by our Legal Network? Are you a legal professional who is interested in helping out? Visit their program page here. You can also make a donation directly to the Legal Network here.