Friday, November 2, 2012

LAD announces recipients of second-annual awards

Legal Aid and Defender Association presents second annual 'Laddys' awards

DETROIT - Legal Aid and Defender Association (LAD) honored a judge, a law firm, a
corporate law department and a number of individual attorneys at its second annual
"Laddys" awards ceremony at the College for Creative Studies' A. Albert Taubman
Center for Design Services Oct. 25.

The Hon. Vera Massey-Jones, judge of the Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan, received
the Ed Pokorny Pioneer of Justice award.

Anthony T. Chambers, an attorney in private practice, received the Frank D. Eaman
Warrior of Justice award.

Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn LLP, represented by partner Jennifer Zbytowski
Belveal, was named Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year.

The Office of General Counsel of General Motors Company, represented by attorney
Andy Segovia, received the Kelvin W. Scott Pro Bono Award for Excellence in
Corporate Involvement.

Individual attorneys who received recognition for exceptional volunteer service through
LAD's Private Attorney Involvement Program were:

- Karen L. Piper, an attorney with Bodman PLC  - Pro Bono Attorney of the Year

- Patrick G. Gagniuk, an attorney in private practice - Pro Bono Spirit-Macomb

- Bryan A. Sunisloe, an attorney in private practice - Pro Bono Spirit-Macomb

- Krystal Denise Johnson, an attorney in private practice -  Pro Bono Spirit-
Oakland County

- Andrea D. Cartwright, an attorney in private practice - Pro Bono Spirit-Wayne

- Danielle J. Hessell, an attorney with Butzel Long PC - Pro Bono Spirit-Wayne

- Lynn M. Davidson, director, Macomb County Friend of the Court - Friend of LAD

- Joon H. Sung, assistant professor, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law -
Friend of LAD

Piper and Sung also received Pangborn Pins for exceeding the State Bar of
Michigan's voluntary standard of 30 hours of pro bono service per year, as did
attorneys Daniel Nicholas Adams, Kathryn Arierlla Katz, David Allen Malinowski,
Roger Peters Meyers and James Allen Sheridan.

Ronnie Dahl, a reporter for television station WJBK FOX 2, emceed the awards

LAD is the largest provider of free civil legal services to low-income residents of
Michigan.  It serves metropolitan Detroit through its offices in Macomb, Oakland and
Wayne counties.  It also represents criminal defendants in Wayne County and the U.S.
District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.  Including brief consultations and
comprehensive legal services, the public law firm handles some 15,000 legal matters

"We work with clients in a comprehensive manner, so that as we solve their legal
problems, we help solve other problems as well," Deierdre L. Weir, president and CEO
of LAD, said.  "We help people rebuild their lives and help families stay together."

Anyone seeking legal services can call (877) 964-4700 or visit


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