San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal services to thousands of low-income San Diegans each year, recently presented its annual Volunteer Appreciation Awards at a reception held at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse.
More than 500 legal professionals contributed time and expertise in partnership with SDVLP in 2014 to assist those most in need of legal assistance.
David Danielsen, San Diego Superior Court presiding judge, gave the keynote address and personally congratulated those being honored.
SDVLP’s Distinguished Service Award, which honors those who contributed 150 pro bono hours or more in in a year to clients of SDVLP, was awarded to dozens of attorneys and law students.
The State Bar of California’s Wiley W. Manuel Award was presented to dozens more who contributed at least 50 hours of pro bono service.
“We applaud the remarkable achievements of our volunteers and their efforts in bringing equal access to justice to our community’s most vulnerable residents,” said Amy Fitzpatrick, SDVLP’s executive director. “SDVLP’s ability to assist so many underserved San Diegans is only made possible by our many generous volunteers who give so selflessly of their time and legal skills. We congratulate and thank each and every one who has contributed to serving those who needed the help most.”
SDVLP’s staff also presented “Standout Awards” to volunteers who excelled in their volunteer efforts throughout the year. Among the eight standouts are Laney Chinn, Nicole Dominguez, Megan Donohue, Alicia Montana Morrell, Gretel Smith-Cozine and John Zryd.
San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program Inc., founded in 1983, serves thousands of disadvantaged individuals annually.
Lawyers from large firms to sole practitioners, with all types of legal expertise, along with other legal professionals, volunteer their time by providing pro bono legal services to abused women, children, the homeless, veterans, immigrants, the seriously ill, and many others who otherwise would go without legal representation.