Pro-Bono Highlighs

The year 2009/10 has presented the pro-bono program with some unique challenges.

Under the able leadership of Michelle Erich we have developed a new program of relative adoption. An article about this program appeared in a previous issue of Citations.

Through some struggle we are still hoping to launch a Lawyer for a Day Program. Many of you have expressed an interest in the program and I thank you so much for your willing assistance.

The mortgage fraud matters continue to hit our agency as well as others. Thank heavens for Miles Weiss and his team at the District Attorney’s office who have given us good direction again and again helping us to successful outcomes.

Among the more unusual requests, we have been asked to help defend a mother in a civil suit whose son shot and killed a classmate at Junior High School. Devastated as she walked into our office, we were able to assure her that things were not as bleak as they seemed.

We were asked to defend a young single mother who shared a bank account with her father against a civil suit from embezzlement.

Identity theft is always a problem. However an interesting matter arouse when a man registered his car in the name of our applicant at an address where she resided several years ago. Our applicant has never met this individual and has no idea who he is. Nonetheless, he became involved in a very serious accident while drunk and caused substantial damage for which our applicant is being sued. When we have consumer problems, Greg Brose, of the District Attorneys office is our competent go to person.

We have tried to avoid cases coming here from out of state without always being successful. Nonetheless, we have taken a couple of such cases that seemed unavoidable. I am reserving for another article fuller explanation of the problems involved. For now, kudos to Tom Johnson of the District Attorney’s office for his enormous help.

A tiny dog who bit a neighbor has now become a major negligence matter including all the discovery techniques usually reserved for every large cases.

In conclusion, I am very proud of our pro bono program. Our Emeritus Attorneys are dedicated and concerned. They willingly put in the hours and hard work to accomplish our goals. Private attorneys who have accepted our pro bono cases have been magnificent and there are not enough honors we can heap on the for all their work. I believe we have a well deserved reputation in the community which have driven away some of the public perception of attorneys as sharks. Thank you everyone.

The year 2009/10 has presented the pro-bono program with some unique challenges.
Under the able leadership of Michelle Erich we have developed a new program of relative adoption. An article about this program appeared in a previous issue of Citations.
Through some struggle we are still hoping to launch a Lawyer for a Day Program. Many of you have expressed an interest in the program and I thank you so much for your willing assistance.
The mortgage fraud matters continue to hit our agency as well as others. Thank heavens for Miles Weiss and his team at the District Attorney’s office who have given us good direction again and again helping us to successful outcomes.
Among the more unusual requests, we have been asked to help defend a mother in a civil suit whose son shot and killed a classmate at Junior High School. Devastated as she walked into our office, we were able to assure her that things were not as bleak as they seemed.
We were asked to defend a young single mother who shared a bank account with her father against a civil suit from embezzlement.
Identity theft is always a problem. However an interesting matter arouse when a man registered his car in the name of our applicant at an address where she resided several years ago. Our applicant has never met this individual and has no idea who he is. Nonetheless, he became involved in a very serious accident while drunk and caused substantial damage for which our applicant is being sued. When we have consumer problems, Greg Brose, of the District Attorneys office is our competent go to person.
We have tried to avoid cases coming here from out of state without always being successful. Nonetheless, we have taken a couple of such cases that seemed unavoidable. I am reserving for another article fuller explanation of the problems involved. For now, kudos to Tom Johnson of the District Attorney’s office for his enormous help.
A tiny dog who bit a neighbor has now become a major negligence matter including all the discovery techniques usually reserved for every large cases.
In conclusion, I am very proud of our pro bono program. Our Emeritus Attorneys are dedicated and concerned. They willingly put in the hours and hard work to accomplish our goals. Private attorneys who have accepted our pro bono cases have been magnificent and there are not enough honors we can heap on the for all their work. I believe we have a well deserved reputation in the community which have driven away some of the public perception of attorneys as sharks. Thank you everyone.