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May 20, 2024 Top Legal News of the Week

ABA announces five 2024 top pro bono providers

The American Bar Association has chosen three individuals and two entities for their outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for low-income and disadvantaged persons and will honor them at the 2024 ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago in August.

The ABA Pro Bono Publico Awards will be presented at an Aug. 5 luncheon during the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago.

The ABA Pro Bono Publico Awards will be presented at an Aug. 5 luncheon during the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago.

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The Pro Bono Publico Award represents the top honors given by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, which since 1984 has spotlighted pro bono efforts of individual lawyers and small and large law firms, government attorney offices, corporate law departments and other institutions in the legal profession. For the first time, the award presentation this year will be at a luncheon on Aug. 5, which is the first day of the ABA House of Delegates meeting at the Grand Hyatt in Chicago.

The three attorneys honored with a 2024 Pro Bono Publico Award are:

  • Fawaz Bham, a pro bono champion and community advocate, is a partner with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in Dallas, where he chairs its pro bono committee. For over a decade he has built and led innovative and systemic-changing programs, such as small business clinics and, most notably, the Dallas Attorney Volunteer Program’s Virtual Clinic Platform.
  •  Adrian Urquhart Winder, who has been described as a “rock star pro bono counsel,” is a partner at Foster Garvey in Seattle. Aside from her trial practice, she also has served, among other pro bono activities, as counsel for the Family Violence Appellate Project in Washington, the only civil legal aid organization in the state dedicated to representing domestic violence survivors pro bono.
  • James Volling, senior counsel at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in Minneapolis, has served in various firm leadership roles, including chair of the Pro Bono Committee. He has demonstrated a longtime commitment to the delivery of pro bono legal services, focusing largely on three areas: children, post-conviction representation and prisoner reentry.

The two entity awardees are:

  • Prudential Financial, which has been described as setting the “gold standard” for volunteerism and serving underserved populations, especially in Newark, New Jersey, where the company has been headquartered for 149 years. In 2023, 100 Prudential Law, Compliance, Business Ethics and External Affairs (LCBE) volunteers performed more than 840 hours of pro bono legal service.
  • Hoover Penrod, a small firm of 10 attorneys, has had an enormous impact on the lives of low-income households in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Founded in 1935, the firm has built a reputation as a leading provider of charitable service and assistance to the region. It has been instrumental in building a partnership with Blue Ridge Legal Services, an area nonprofit provider.

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