2016 Pro Bono Award Winners

In 1988, the Legal Services for the Poor Committee of the West Virginia State Bar established the Kaufman Award, named after the late Paul Kaufman a Charleston attorney who, among his many accomplisments, was a founder of the Legal Aid Society of Charleston and The Appalachian Research and Defense Fund (Appalred).  Each year, Legal Aid of West Virginia (LAWV) works with the West Virginia State Bar to identify and honor the Kaufman Award and the Law Firm Award to the individual attorney and law firm who have contributed the most pro bono hours to LAWV in a single year.

In 2013, the Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award was added, as a way to recognize an individual or law firm that has gone "above and beyond" and is deserving of special commendation.  

All three awards were presented at the West Virginia State Bar's Annual Meeting on April 3, 2016 at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. 

2016 Law Firm Pro Bono Award

Sal Sellaro Thorn Culpepper - Morgantown, WV


During 2015, attorneys at Sal Sellaro Thorn Culpepper's office contibuted over 125 hours of pro bono assistance, primarily to domestic violence victims in rural areas of North Central West Virginia.

The full-service firm, founded in Morgantown in 2007 includes four partners:  Natalie Sal, Amber Sellaro, Matthew Thorn, and Jeffrey Culpepper.  Together with their associate attorneys, David Anderson and Ashley Williams, they strive to provide both the best legal services in their area, and to make positive contribution in their communities.  

2016 Kaufman Award

Richard Goldstein - Princeton, WV

The recipient of the Kaufman Award for 2015 is Richard Goldstein. In 2015, Richard donated a total of 184 hours of pro bono assistance.


Originally from Brooklyn, Richard studied philosophy at the University of Utah. He then attended Washington University in St. Louis where he received his J.D. and a masters degree in social work. Richard worked with legal services organizations in Missouri and in private practice for a number of years.


He then moved to West Virginia and was a government attorney for 15 years working with the Bureau for Child Support Enforcement in Mercer County. Continuing his career, he worked at Legal Aid in the Princeton Office for 4 years, primarily helping victims of domestic violence. After leaving employment with Legal Aid in 2012, Richard came back to our Princeton office as a volunteer and has generously donated his time ever since.

2016 Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award

Hamilton, Burgess, Young and Pollard- Fayetteville and Princeton, WV

Since 1954, with offices in Fayetteville and Princeton, attorneys at Hamilton, Burgess, Young, and Pollard work to enforce the rights of West Virginia consumers and families. Kevin Burgess, Lynn Pollard, Ralph Young and new members Christopher Frost, Steven Broadwater, Jr. and Jed Nolan provide representation in a variety of practice areas including bankruptcy, unfair debt collection, personal injury, employment law and lemon law.

The attorneys and office staff of the firm share a commitment to making a positive impact in communities. In 2015, attorneys at the firm helped over 15 clients with bankruptcy and consumer issues. Additionally, the firm supports efforts to help the American Cancer Society, American Civil Liberties Union and Fayette County Christmas Toy Fund.