MONTGOMERY, ALA. (February 3, 2012) – Navan Ward, Jr., President of the Alabama State Bar’s Young Lawyers Section, presented a check for $1,000 to representatives of the Alabama State Bar (ASB) Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP). The money was collected by the Alabama Young Lawyers Section (AL YLS) during its annual fundraising activities. The VLP was chosen in recognition of its work with victims of the devastating 2011 tornados that ripped through much of Northeast Alabama.

Linda Lund Emily Coody Marks Navan Ward ASB YLS check presentation ASB Young Lawyers Section presents $1,000 grant to Volunteer Lawyers Program
Pictured are, from left, Linda Lund, Director, Volunteer Lawyers Program, Alabama State Bar; Emily Coody Marks, Chair of the Pro Bono and Public Service Committee of the Alabama State Bar; and Navan Ward, Jr., President, Young Lawyers Section, Alabama State Bar, and Shareholder, Beasley Allen Law Firm.

Through the ASB VLP, lawyers provided a free legal hotline following the tornado disaster, and free legal consultations for people affected by the storms. Needs addressed with these services included assistance with insurance claims and disaster relief application forms for individuals and businesses. Many of the lawyers who are part of the Young Lawyers Section donate their time to the VLP as volunteer lawyers.

“The Alabama Young Lawyers Section awards a special grant or grants each year to a deserving non-profit organization that provides legal services in the State of Alabama,” Ward said. “This year, we really wanted to honor the work that our Volunteer Lawyers Program provided through their legal assistance to the 2011 tornado victims.”

“Our program is almost entirely funded through grants and donations, which allow us to provide free legal assistance to people who otherwise would not be able to afford it,” Linda Lund, Director of the ASB VLP said. “We are especially touched to receive this honor from the Bar’s Young Lawyers Section, whose members also donate their time as volunteer lawyers.”

For more information about the Volunteer Lawyers Program, including how you can donate, visit the Alabama State Bar website.

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