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Troy Froderman, Chair of Polsinelli’s Pro Bono Committee and a shareholder in the firm’s Phoenix office, accepting the award in Washington D.C. from Jo-Ann Wallace, the President and CEO of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA.)

Polsinelli Honored for its Pro Bono Work

The National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) honored national law firm Polsinelli at its 2014 Exemplar Award Dinner. Polsinelli earned the prestigious Beacon of Justice Award for its commitment to the delivery of pro bono legal services to those who cannot afford counsel including volunteer work done in connection with the Volunteer Lawyers Program Children’s Law Center Minor Guardianship Project. The firm was one of 25 law firms selected from across the United States for this distinction. Recipients were recognized for their devotion of significant pro bono time and resources and their dedication to creating and implementing innovative strategies that improve life outcomes for low-income individuals.

Approximately 400 attorneys, general counsel and advocates gathered for the NLADA Exemplar Award Dinner to pay tribute to those lawyers who give of themselves to improve the quality of representation for people who are unable to pay for legal assistance and to salute outstanding individuals who set an example by their dedication, achievement, leadership and vision. The event was held at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington D.C.

Troy Froderman, Chair of Polslinelli’s pro bono program, attended the awards ceremony and accepted the award on behalf of the firm. “I am deeply honored that our firm has been recognized for its significant commitment to pro bono services.” said Froderman. “Attorneys across our firm are making a significant positive difference in the lives of people who might not otherwise be able to access legal representation.” Anthony Merrill and Christina Kelly, two of the Polsinelli attorneys who volunteer their time with the Children’s Law Center, as well as William Blakely, Lauren Desantis-Then, Daniel Donahue, and Andy Wright of Polsinelli’s Washington D.C. office were also in attendance.

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Quarles & Brady Earns PHX Renews Corporate Partner Award

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that it has been selected to be the recipient of a “PHX Renews Corporate Partner” award from Keep Phoenix Beautiful for its pro bono work on the PHX Renews and Keep Phoenix Beautiful projects.

The award recognizes an organization for its dedication, leadership and passion for PHX Renews and Keep Phoenix Beautiful. Quarles & Brady and especially Sarah R. Anchors, an attorney in the firm’s Phoenix office and a member of the Keep Phoenix Beautiful board, have been instrumental in moving the project forward and making a fundamental change to an important high-profile vacant lots in central Phoenix and surrounding communities. The firm will be honored at the awards program on April 10 in Phoenix.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Keep Phoenix Beautiful for the past few years,” said Anchors. “They have been doing incredibly important work, sustaining a city to be proud of.”

Polsinelli Named Children’s Law Center Firm of the Year

The Children’s Law Center has named Polsinelli as its 2013 Law Firm of the Year in recognition of the exceptional pro bono service undertaken by Polsinelli attorneys over the past year. The firm was selected for its volunteer efforts in connection with the Minor Guardianship Program that assists vulnerable children whose parents are not able or willing to care for them.

“We are honored that the Children’s Law Center has selected Polsinelli as its Law Firm of the Year,” said Troy Froderman, chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. “Our firm is deeply committed to providing legal support to those who would otherwise not be able to access it. As attorneys we have an obligation to give back to our communities in ways that ensure that all people are able to secure and preserve their rights under the law.”

The Children’s Law Center was established in 1998 by the Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) and co-sponsored by the Maricopa County Bar Association and Community Legal Services. Its goal is to address the unmet legal needs of children. Over 120 attorneys from firms throughout the Valley volunteer each year to fill gaps in legal assistance for children of diverse ethnic, racial and economic backgrounds. Current programs include Free Advice Clinics for Teens, the Court Advisor Project, the Minor Guardianship Project, the Guardianship Clinic, Teens at Work, the Adoption Project and Medical Legal Partnership.

“We are so grateful for the time and legal talent that Polsinelli’s attorneys have given so freely to the public through the Guardianship Program” said Roni Tropper, Esq., Children’s Law Center Program Coordinator. “They saw the tremendous need and offered to step in and take responsibility for all of the cases at one of our two guardianship clinic locations held monthly in English and quarterly in Spanish. They have been doing that now for three years.”

Tony Merrill, a shareholder at Polsinelli, spearheads the firm’s involvement in the Guardianship Program. “Volunteering to assist family members so that they can become legal guardians and thereby access health care for the children, enroll them in school or obtain other much needed services is very rewarding.” said Merrill.

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Phoenix Attorney Receives Top Pro Bono Award

Michelle M. Lauer, attorney at business law firm Jaburg & Wilk, P.C. has been awarded Top Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona from the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education.

The foundation initiated the award in 2001 to recognize attorneys who give their time and expertise to assist Arizonans who do not have available legal resources.

Lauer volunteers her services with Community Legal Services through the Arizona State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program as well as the Probate Lawyers Assistance Project. Both programs provide legal assistance to low income individuals.

“It is thoroughly rewarding—gives me the warm and fuzzies to provide my services to those who need an attorney’s assistance,” said Lauer.

Lauer has worked over fourteen years in the legal industry gaining experience in Commercial Litigation, Probate, Adult Guardianships, Estate Planning and Appellate.

Jaburg Wilk is an AV rated Phoenix law firm, the highest level of professionalism according to the Martindale-Hubbell.