Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the 2011 Recognition Event, which was held at the Women’s University Club last Tuesday evening. I thought the Women’s University Club provided for a warm, fun, and eclectic environment. The appetizers were delicious, and the jazz band (the Quartet Accord) played beautifully. It was great to see so many volunteers and donors in one place. For those who were unable to attend we hope to see you next year. The Pro Bono Services Staff would like to say thank you to all of our volunteers and donors who make our Pro Bono Services programs successful!
Congratulations are in order to our 2011 Volunteer of the Year award winners:
Aaron Albright was presented with the “Legal Sleuth Award” for his outstanding research abilities that produce great results in the Housing Justice Project clinic. Aaron is a hard working volunteer, an untiring advocate for clients, and is said to be a tenacious defender in the courtroom.
Brenda Canada was presented with the “Gets It Done Award” for her resourcefulness and willingness to take on extra projects. Brenda serves on the Neighborhood Legal Clinics committee in addition to her regular volunteer shift, and always takes the initiative when she sees a need for improvement.
Philip Chan was presented with the “Bring It On Award” for his never ending enthusiasm and willingness to help out wherever he can. Philip has made presentations on behalf of the family programs, and has taken on 5 different contested family law actions since he started volunteering in January 2011.
Zeshan Khan was presented with the “Let Me Count the Ways Award for his volunteer efforts which spread across multiple programs including presenting at the Make Change! Debt Education Workshop, taking on Bankruptcy cases, and mentoring for our Family Law Mentor Program.
Abbey Perkins was presented with the “Joseph M. Gaffney Award for Outstanding Service of an Attorney” for her dedication to the Neighborhood Legal Clinics. Abbey has presented at multiple CLEs, worked on multiple committees, written for Pro Bono Dicta, and regularly volunteers with the Neighborhood Legal Clinics.
Brian Starr was presented with the “Dawn to Dusk Award” for his time and dedication to the Housing Justice Project. Brian volunteers for three shifts a week including both morning and evening clinics. Despite the fact Brian is busy attending Seattle University’s Law School he is always willing to pick up an extra shift, stay late at clinic, and gives support to the clinic, volunteer attorneys, and clients with a smile.
Congratulations to our Second Annual Friend of Pro Bono Award Winner:
Emily Elting was presented the Friend of Pro Bono award for her dedication in helping survivors of domestic violence. As a victim advocate at the Felony Domestic Violence Unit at the King County Prosecutor’s Office Emily makes referrals to our Family Law Mentor Program. Once their case has been accepted Emily helps clients with referrals and provides support to them while they work with our volunteer attorneys.
Special Thanks to:
Ada Shen-Jaffe for taking the time to inspire us with her words.
Davis Wright Tremaine for the printing of our program
Britta Nielsen for her creative program design
The Quartet Accord (jazz band) players Jeff Davies, Sheldon White, Ann Merryfield, and Harold Rosenkranz for providing wonderful tunes for the evening.