Two BRBA members surpass the 1,000 hour mark in their pro bono work; many others recognized for their contributions


Several local attorneys were honored for their pro bono contributions Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Following an afternoon-long continuing legal education seminar (the second annual Pro Bono CLE Palooza), held by the Baton Rouge Bar Foundation Pro Bono Project, a reception and honors ceremony was held.


Ken Mayeaux, the two-year chairman of the Pro Bono Committee, handed the reins to Emily Ziober, the 2013 Pro Bono Committee chair. BRBA President Michael S. Walsh presented those in attendance with certificates of recognition and awards. The reception was sponsored by the LSU Law Center.


Linda Law Clark and Gary McKenzie were honored for each having donated 1,000 hours of pro bono work. While Melanie N. Jones was recognized for having donated 800 hours toward pro bono cases, the following were also recognized: V. Charles Cusimano (600 hours); Kristina W. Shapiro and Jeffrey S. Wittenbrink (500 hours); Anita R. White and Scott P. Gaspard (400 hours); and Joanna B. Hynes, Stephen P. Strohschein and Emily P. Ziober (200 hours).


Attorneys who donated 100 hours of pro bono work received the Century Club Award. This list included the following: Samantha R. Ackers; J.David Andress; Emily Andrews; Terry L. Bonnie; Daina Bray; E’Vinski Davis; George E. Downing Jr.; Mark W. Fry; John C. Hopewell III; Christine Lipsey; Amy L. McInnis; William D. Shea; and Frank Tomeny III.


Pro Bono Coordinators Emily Chambers and Robin Kay coordinated the BRBF Pro Bono Palooza and the Pro Bono Century Club Recognition Ceremony. BRBA Executive Director Ann K. Gregorie was present during both events. Special thanks to all who volunteered to speak during the CLE seminars held during the CLE Palooza.