The Beasley Allen law firm was selected as the recipient of the Alabama State Bar Pro Bono Award for 2012. The Bar has been giving awards to acknowledge outstanding Pro Bono service since 1996, but specific categories of nomination – Individual, Firm, Law Student and Mediator – were added in 2000.
It is the purpose of the award to recognize the outstanding pro bono efforts of attorneys, mediators, law firms and law students who are actively donating time to the civil representation of those who cannot otherwise afford legal counsel and to recognize individuals who encourage greater legal representation in and acceptance of pro bono cases.
Generally, the award recipients are selected based on criteria including the total number of pro bono hours or complexity of cases handled, the impact of the pro bono work and benefit for the community, the particular expertise provided or the particular need satisfied, the nature of the services provided, the quality of negotiations, development of the law, or advocacy used to benefit the poor; the successful recruitment of other attorneys for pro bono representation; and/or a proven commitment to delivery of quality legal services to the poor and providing equal access to legal services.
Nominations for each award category are reviewed by the Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP). Nominations are accepted from Bar members, judges and the public.
Beasley Allen was chosen for this year’s award based on the following achievements:
• The attorneys at Beasley Allen regularly accept pro bono cases from the Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program. The firm also schedules one attorney each month to assist at the Montgomery County Bar’s walk-in legal advice clinic. Without such firm support these projects would not be possible.
• The firm maintains 100 percent participation in the State Bar’s Volunteer Lawyers Program. This policy was a first for a Montgomery-based firm and has encouraged other firms around the state to follow suit.
• Beasley Allen also provides significant resources in support of pro bono activities in the state. In 2009 Beasley Allen established a competitive grant of $10,000 awarded annually to an organization that promotes pro bono activity.
For information about how you or your firm can become involved in the State Bar’s Volunteer Lawyers Program, visit them online at www.alabar.org. Lawyers throughout the state will take part in the National Pro Bono celebration Oct. 21-27, 2012.