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New Hanover County Bar Association honors pro bono attorneys

On November 3, 2010, the New Hanover County Bar Association and the Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) - Wilmington Office honored Wilmington attorneys for their pro bono (free) civil legal services to LANC clients.

The pro bono awards were presented at a luncheon meeting at the Coastline Convention Center in Wilmington attended by 65 attorneys and judges.

Auley M. "Lee" Crouch, IIIAuley M. Crouch, III (Partner, Block, Crouch, Keeter, Behm & Sayed, LLP) received the Addison Hewlett, Jr. Award for exemplary pro bono representation of LANC clients for several years and encouraging other attorneys throughout North Carolina to provide pro bono services to LANC clients.

Jenny Hobgood Connors Andrew Olson Karen F. Richardson Among those recognized were: Jenny H. Connors (Williams Mullin), Mark S. King (Mark S. King, PC), Andrew K. McVey (Murchison, Taylor & Gibson, PLLC), Michael Murchison (Murchison, Taylor & Gibson, PLLC), Andrew W. Olsen (Elder Law Firm of Andrew Olsen), Karen F. Richards (Brock & Scott, PLLC), Heather H. Szajda (Heather H. Szajda, PLC), Tonya L. Turner (Law Office of Tonya L. Turner), James C. Williams, and the law firm of Williams Mullen.

The Honorable Superior Court Judge Phyllis M. Gorham, presented comments on the importance of attorneys providing pro bono legal assistance to persons who cannot afford to hire an attorney.

The Addison Hewlett, Jr. Award is given for outstanding pro bono service to acknowledge and honor that attorney who has demonstrated noble and selfless dedication to the promotion equal justice for indigents in New Hanover County, NC. The special recognition reflects the achievement, hope and inspiration exemplified in this community by the skillful, kind and gentle, spirit of its namesake. Addison Hewlett, Jr. was a local attorney whom attorneys should aspire to model. All the award winners model such stellar character, live up to the Code of Professional Responsibility and serve their own community well.

The LANC-Wilmington Office has six attorneys and four paralegals to provide civil legal assistance to low-income and elderly clients in the following seven southeastern counties: Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow and Pender. Legal advice and representation is provided in various areas including domestic violence, government benefits, consumer law, elder law, employment law, and housing law.


For additional information regarding pro bono service, contact: Richard M. Klein (Senior Managing Attorney, LANC-Wilmington Office), 910-763-6207 .

"Pro bono attorneys honored by New Hanover County Bar Association and Legal Aid of NC" (November 3, 2010 Media Release, LANC-Wilmington Office)

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