Michigan Law School hosts LSC pro bono reception


By Jo Mathis

Legal News

The national Legal Services Corporation (LSC) Board of Directors honored six Michigan lawyers for their volunteer work with LSC-funded legal aid programs at a reception July 26 at the University of Michigan Law School's South Hall.

State Bar of Michigan President Julie Fershtman addressed the crowd, many of whom had met in board and committee meetings earlier in the day.

"It's wonderful to celebrate and highlight all the award winners for the contributions they made," she said. "But as we know, there are hundreds of other lawyers all over Michigan putting in massive amounts of time, sacrificing time from their family and their office because they recognize the importance of pro bono."

Fershtman said the SBM has many resources to help attorneys get involved in pro bono work. She also promoted www. alawyerhelps.com, a website of the SBM that recognizes lawyers who provide pro bono and community service, and to inspire and encourage other lawyers to do the same.

The pro bono service award recipients were:

* Charles Borgsdorf, attorney with Hooper Hathaway, member of the Legal Services of South Central Michigan board of directors, and 2010 recipient of the State Bar of Michigan's Champion of Justice Award.

* Elizabeth Joy Fossel--Partner in the Grand Rapids office of Varnum LLP, and an 18-year volunteer attorney with Legal Aid of Western Michigan.

* Nino E. Green--Chairman of the board of Legal Services of Northern Michigan and an early pioneer of the state's pro bono movement.

* Karen Luther --Former senior corporate counsel at Beaumont Hospital, where she helped found the Legal Aid for Children program with Detroit's Legal Aid and Defender Association.

* Judge Angela Kay Sherigan --Managing partner at Wojnecka & Sherigan, associate judge for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, and pro bono volunteer with Michigan Indian Legal Services.

* Michael R. Stanley--Former business owner who attended both college and law school after losing his sight, volunteer attorney at Legal Services of Eastern Michigan with expertise in fair housing and utility cases.

LSC is the largest funder of civil legal services in the country. Recipients of LSC civil legal assistance include veterans, the elderly, victims of domestic abuse, and tenants facing unlawful evictions.

Published: Mon, Jul 30, 2012