Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc.

Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc.
613 Abbott Street, 6th Floor
Detroit, MI 48226

November 2, 2012

With photos

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 County
  • Bryan A. Sunisloe, an attorney in private practice – Pro Bono Spirit-Macomb County
  • 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 County
  • Danielle J. Hessell, an attorney with Butzel Long PC – Pro Bono Spirit-Wayne County
  • 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 ceremony.

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 yearly.

“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 http://www.ladadetroit.org.

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PHOTO CAPTIONS:

Attorney Anthony T. Chambers (center), winner of the Frank D. Eaman Warrior of Justice award, is congratulated by Deierdre L. Weir (left), president and CEO of Legal Aid and Defender Association (LAD), and Joan Glanton Howard, chief counsel of LAD’s Civil Law Group. (Photo by John Meiu)

Miriam Siefer (left), chief counsel of the Federal Defender Office of Legal Aid and Defender Association, presents the Frank D. Eaman Warrior of Justice award to attorney Anthony T. Chambers. (Photo by John Meiu)

Joel D. Applebaum (left), an attorney with Clark Hill PLC and chair of the board of directors of Legal Aid and Defender Association, presents the Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year award to partner Jennifer Zbytowski Belveal of Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn LLP. (Photo by John Meiu)

Joel D. Applebaum (left), an attorney with Clark Hill PLC and chair of the board of directors of Legal Aid and Defender Association, presents the Kelvin W. Scott Pro Bono Award for Excellence in Corporate Involvement award to attorney Andy Segovia of the Office of General Counsel of General Motors Company. (Photo by John Meiu)

Joel D. Applebaum (left), an attorney with Clark Hill PLC and chair of the board of directors of Legal Aid and Defender Association, presents the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award to Karen L. Piper, an attorney with Bodman PLC. (Photo by John Meiu)

Joel D. Applebaum (left), an attorney with Clark Hill PLC and chair of the board of directors of Legal Aid and Defender Association, presents the Pro Bono Spirit-Macomb County award to Patrick G. Gagniuk, an attorney in private practice. (Photo by John Meiu)

Joel D. Applebaum (left), an attorney with Clark Hill PLC and chair of the board of directors of Legal Aid and Defender Association, presents the Pro Bono Spirit-Macomb County award to Bryan A. Sunisloe, an attorney in private practice. (Photo by John Meiu)

Brian M. Legghio (right), an attorney in private practice and chair of the Legal Services Corporation Policy Board of Legal Aid and Defender Association, presents the Pro Bono Spirit-Oakland County award to Krystal Denise Johnson, also an attorney in private practice. (Photo by John Meiu)

Brian M. Legghio (right), an attorney in private practice and chair of the Legal Services Corporation Policy Board of Legal Aid and Defender Association, presents the Pro Bono Spirit-Wayne County award to Andrea D. Cartwright, also an attorney in private practice. (Photo by John Meiu)

Joel D. Applebaum (left), an attorney with Clark Hill PLC and chair of the board of directors of Legal Aid and Defender Association, presents the Pro Bono Spirit-Wayne County award to Danielle J. Hessell, an attorney with Butzel Long PC. (Photo by John Meiu)

Joel D. Applebaum (left), an attorney with Clark Hill PLC and chair of the board of directors of Legal Aid and Defender Association, presents the Friend of LAD award to Joon H. Sung, assistant professor, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. (Photo by John Meiu)

Ronnie Dahl, a reporter for television station WJBK FOX 2, emceed the “Laddys” awards ceremony for Legal Aid and Defender Association. (Photo by John Meiu)

CONTACTS:

Roger Lennert
Legal Aid and Defender Association
(313) 967-5607
(313) 587-3077 cell
RLennert@ladadetroit.org

David Adrian
Adrian & Associates
(248) 322-9226
(248) 515-4607 cell
david.adrian@adrianassoc.com