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December 2013 Bar Bulletin

KCBA/KCBF Honor Dedicated Volunteers

By Gwen Remmen

 

The King County Bar Association and King County Bar Foundation celebrated the bar's Pro Bono Services volunteers and donors at their annual Recognition Event on October 29 at the Women's University Club.

KCBF President Mary Jo Newhouse and Pro Bono Services Director Threesa Milligan opened the awards program and on behalf of the bar expressed heartfelt thanks for all of the contributions made by the guests, volunteers and donors alike.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson, a longtime advocate for civil legal aid, continued the evening's message of gratitude with his uplifting remarks about the value of service.

Washington State Bar Association Access to Justice Board members Geoff Revelle and Dr. Marion Smith, Jr. presented the 2013 Access to Justice Leadership Award to Milligan in recognition of her dedicated work to building and promoting the development of a statewide integrated, non-duplicative, civil legal aid delivery system and expanding access to justice for those who face barriers.

Colleen Kinerk, PBS Committee chair, and Milligan presented eight outstanding volunteers with KCBA's Volunteer of the Year Award for their service to the bar's pro bono civil legal aid programs.

  • Doug Anderson, Attorney at Law, received the Mr. Pro Bono award for his 21 years of tireless work on more than 190 cases for Volunteer Legal Services. Anderson handles a variety of legal issues for pro bono clients and advises VLS staff and interns on debt and bankruptcy issues.
  • Jessica Anderson, an associate attorney at Plauche & Carr LLP, earned the Perseverance! award for her steadfast determination, outstanding litigation skills and exceptional representation of a Family Law Mentor Program client in court.
  • Keo Capestany was presented with the Friend of Pro Bono award. In 2012, Capestany, a court-certified Spanish interpreter, began providing pro bono services to PBS clients and has since donated nearly 60 hours representing a savings of more than $3,900 to PBS programs.
  • Kevin Curtin, Attorney at Law, was honored with the Not Afraid to Litigate award for his tenacious pro bono work on behalf of Family Law Mentor Program and Housing Justice Project clients. Curtin is a dedicated, longtime volunteer who also provides mentorship to new Family Law Mentor Program attorneys.
  • Maggie Herbord received the Legal Assistant Extraordinaire award. Herbord's compassion and dedication to Housing Justice Project-Kent clients is truly remarkable. She easily connects with pro bono clients on a personal level and quickly gains their trust. In addition to working with HJP clients, Herbord also mentors and supervises the HJP-Kent legal assistant team.

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