OBA 2010 Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service - James J. Proszek, Tulsa
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
- Organization: Oklahoma Bar Association
Mr. Proszek is a shareholder in the firm of Hall Estill Hardwick Gable Golden & Nelson PC. Mr. Proszek’s practice involves primarily corporate/commercial litigation and telecommunications law.
Mr. Proszek has been aggressively involved in various pro bono projects since 2007, when Assistant General Counsel Craig Rainey of The Williams Cos. approached Hall Estill to team up in support of Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, a nonprofit law firm serving low-income and the elderly individuals in Oklahoma.
Through his and Steve Soulé’s leadership, more than 40 lawyers and paralegals received training by Legal Aid and became active volunteers to support Legal Aid’s services to the underserved of the Tulsa area.
As a result of his experience and collaboration with Wendy Brooks, TWC senior counsel, Mr. Proszek was instrumental in visualizing and implementing the Courthouse Assistant Program, which provides short-term legal assistance by volunteers to individuals who cannot afford counsel. Volunteers are made available to meet with unrepresented, underserved persons who are on the cusp of losing their residences.
Mr. Proszek is an AV-rated attorney through Martindale-Hubbell and was selected a Best Lawyer in America in Communications Law. He graduated from the TU College of Law in 1983.