Meet the Super Lawyers 2013 Pro Bono Award Recipients

Super Lawyers is proud to announce the recipients of the 2013 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Awards. The annual awards honor those who represent poor and exploited clients — and do so without fee.

“We are honored to recognize the recipients of this year’s Super Lawyers Pro Bono Awards for their outstanding pro bono legal efforts,” said Julie Gleason, Director of Research for Super Lawyers. “These nine legal professionals, law firms, law schools and other legal organizations who provide volunteer legal services for those in need serve as an inspiration to us and the entire legal community.”

The 2013 recipients are:

  • Michael P. Pasquale, an attorney with McCarter & English in Newark, New Jersey. Pasquale has fought hard to help disabled military personnel receive access to health care and proper pension payments.
  • Victor Schachter, an attorney with Fenwick & West in Mountain View, California. Schachter has set up mediation centers in emerging democracies throughout the world that are achieving settlement rates of 60 to 65 percent.
  • Morrison & Foerster, a law firm in San Francisco. Attorneys at Morrison & Foerster have provided counsel in eviction cases, helped a Cameroonian lesbian couple obtain asylum in the U.S. and defended veterans who’d been exposed to dangerous chemicals while serving.
  • Bodman, a law firm in Detroit. Bodman attorneys offer their services to the city’s homeless — and for residents who may be one legal bill away from homelessness.
  • The Penn State University Dickinson School of Law’s Children’s Advocacy Clinic in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The clinic, which brings together students of law and social welfare, provides representation to children, most of whom are victims of abuse or neglect.
  • The University of Denver Sturm College of Law’s Law School Clinical Programs in Denver. Founded in 1904, the university’s law clinics give students the opportunity to gain experience while providing legal services to those unable to afford representation.
  • Laura Diven, a law student at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Diven has helped build a new organization serving the legal needs of Los Angeles’ HIV/AIDS community, particularly those of aging people living with HIV.
  • Vanessa Stine, a law student at Villanova University School of Law in Villanova, Pennsylvania. Stine founded the Notario Fraud Project, an organization that helps low-wage immigrants who have been victims of scam artists posing as attorneys.
  • The San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program in San Diego. With a team of 24 attorneys and a network of 500 volunteers, this program focuses on the most vulnerable, including foster youth, victims of domestic violence and people with HIV/AIDS.

The 2013 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award recipients were chosen by a review committee based on factors including impact and innovation. Law students and law programs were evaluated on additional factors such as leadership and community outreach.

The list is available in a special 2013 Pro Bono Super Lawyers Digital Edition.

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