LASC/CBA/CBF Pro Bono Reception 2020

LASC/CBA/CBF Pro Bono Reception 2020
The Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC), Columbus Bar Association (CBA), and Columbus Bar Foundation (CBF) are thrilled to announce this year's Pro Bono Awards recipients.

Awards were presented at the 2020 Pro Bono Awards Virtual Reception on Tuesday, October 27th.

2020 Pro Bono Award recipients, pictured L-R:

Hannah Botkin-Doty: "Expanding Our Impact" Award:
Although certainly not new to pro bono, Hannah has been an extraordinary resource to the OSLSA virtual clinics during the COVID-19 pandemic, using her extensive family law experience and knowledge to help clients throughout our service area. Always willing to help individual clients when asked, Hannah encourages other members of the local legal community to engage in pro bono.

Debbie Crawford: Pro Bono Support:
Debbie reached out to OSLSA in April as soon as the virtual clinic model was launched in order to respond to the increasingly complex needs created by COVID-19. With no connection to the law, she nonetheless wanted to help and was assigned to the Virtual Unemployment Clinics, assisting individuals who were struggling to apply online. Thorough and attentive to clients, Debbie has been a wonderful addition to the OSLSA pro bono program and serves as a good example of how anyone with the time and commitment can help support our work.

Kevin Duffy: Extraordinary Pro Bono Service by an Individual:
Longtime Volunteer Resource Center (VRC) volunteer Kevin Duffy joined the inaugural group of retired lawyers and paralegals in 2011. Not only has he continued to volunteer weekly for more than 8 years, he has also adjusted to the technology demands of “remote” VRC shifts during the pandemic, continuing to serve and support low-income tenants facing loss of their homes.

Maxim Perel: "In the Trenches" Award:
Since the pandemic began, Maxim has been helping with virtual advice clinics but he has not limited his volunteer participation to that project. He also attends LASC’s in-person Franklin County Tenant Advocacy Project (TAP) clinic twice per week. As TAP Attorney James Mackey explains, “Maxim has been a dedicated volunteer, coming to the TAP clinic at least once a week despite concerns about the pandemic. He has been willing to jump into difficult cases with aggressive opposing counsel, and has always maintained a professional and compassionate manner with the clients he serves.”

Keesha Warmsby: Corporate/Firm Pro Bono Award:
In 2013, Keesha started volunteering with the LASC Volunteer Resource Center Consumer project, helping low-income defendants facing law suits filed by debt-buyer clients. Always responding quickly when needed, Keesha has sustained her involvement in the VRC consumer project for years but more recently has also stepped up to help with virtual advice clinics. In her new role with JP Morgan Chase, Keesha is likely to continue to support OSLSA through Chase’s robust pro bono program.
10/27/2020 5:00 PM - 10/27/2020 7:00 PM
Columbus Bar Association 175 S. Third St. Suite 1100 Columbus, OH 43215

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