Legal Aid of North Carolina salutes pro bono efforts in Winston-Salem
On Wednesday, April 20, 2011, the Legal Aid of North Carolina-Winston-Salem Office held its fourth annual pro bono celebration at the Hawthorne Inn in Winston-Salem to recognize and celebrate the pro bono efforts of its local attorneys in 2010.
Awards were presented to the volunteer attorneys who did outstanding work for LANC clients in 2010. Susan D. Brotherton (sole practitioner, Statesville) was recognized as the Family Law Attorney of the Year, Rural Counties. Brotherton has taken domestic violence cases pro bono for several years, helping low-income clients in Iredell County who most likely would not have received legal services without her dedicated pro bono assistance.
Robin J. Stinson (Bell Davis & Pitt, P.A., Winston-Salem) was recognized as the Family Law Attorney of the Year, Forsyth County.
Mark D. Boynton (Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP, Winston-Salem) was recognized as the
Housing/Consumer Attorney of the Year.
Celeste M. Harris (Maynard & Harris, PLLC, Winston-Salem) was honored as the Volunteer Attorney of the Year. Harris currently serves on the LANC-Winston-Salem Office's Local Advisory Council (LAC) and is the Co-Chair of the LANC Board of Directors.
Steve Virgil (Wake Forest University School of Law) was recognized as the Mortgage Foreclosure Attorney of the Year. Virgil supervised the WFU School of Law's Community Law & Business Clinic, through which 24 law students handled mortgage foreclosure cases in 2010.
The law firm of Craige Brawley Liipfert & Walker, LLP (Winston-Salem) was recognized as the Pro Bono Firm of the Year.
Special recognition was given to Michael Morlock (Kilpartrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP) for his volunteer
co-counsel work. John Bumgarner, Brad Collins and William Miller received recognition for their work as public interest fellows.
The Wake Forest University Law School's Community Law and Business Clinic students were recognized and thanked for the numerous mortgage cases they handled for us.
Paralegals from Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC were recognized for their volunteer work at "Safe on Seven,"Forsyth County's award-winning Domestic Violence Center. Thirty volunteer attorneys were given certificates and gifts of appreciation for the cases they handled in 2010.
The evening began with a reception. Barbara Knotts, Chair of the LANC-Winston-Salem Local Advisory Council, (LAC) welcomed everyone with inspirational words.
Special guest, Honorable Lisa Menefee, spoke about the Authoring Action Assegai Outreach Ensemble, and her role with the organization. Authoring Action is a non-profit educational enrichment and outreach organization with programs designed to develop youth as authors and advocates for social change in our communities. Judge Menefee introduced three students from the ensemble who presented their creative writing pieces to the audience about pro bono work and justice.
Paul Shepard, a member of the LANC-Winston-Salem LAC and the 2009 Volunteer Attorney of the Year, closed the program by thanking everyone for their volunteer time and dedication to Legal Aid of NC.