March 2013 Featured Volunteer: Daniel Ede
Friday, March 08, 2013
- Organization: Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma
Lawyers at the Tulsa Law Office of Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma (LASO), a provider of legal services to low-income individuals and seniors, refer to Daniel Ede as a committed, dedicated and tireless pro bono volunteer.
For two decades, Ede has donated hundreds of hours of pro bono legal assistance to clients in the Tulsa area as well as six surrounding counties through his work with LASO. “Daniel has been very active for years, handling at least one family law case at all times.” stated Karen Langdon, Pro Bono Coordinator, “but this winter, because the need was so great, he agreed to take on seven cases at once.” Ede also agreed to learn new areas of the law, such as expungement, even though he had little familiarity with them in his prior practice.
In 1988, Ede graduated with a Juris Doctor from Stetson College of Law, St Petersburg, FL. He then served as a Florida Assistant State Attorney and later worked in private practice in suburban Chicago. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Oral Roberts University and a Master of Sciences from Oklahoma State University. Prior to practicing law, Ede taught at ORU and later on, obtained Insurance Licenses in Life and Health in Oklahoma and South Carolina. He currently works in private practice in Tulsa County in the areas of Domestic Relations, Estate Planning and Insurance & Benefits consulting.
Ede’s dedication to reach out to serve Oklahoma’s neediest continued even during a challenging time in his own family’s life. One year ago his teenage daughter, a competitive trampolinist, suffered a spinal cord injury, a diagnosis which expected to leave her a quadriplegic. Supported by family and friends, she set out to beat the odds. What looked like a hopeless situation soon shifted to an outcome of remarkable recovery.
As a volunteer attorney, Ede helps achieve successful outcomes for low-income persons who may feel hopeless and find themselves in a difficult civil legal situation. His pro bono work increases LASO’s capacity to provide representation to our state’s otherwise legally deprived families, individuals, and seniors.