2017 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 accomplishments, 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 2, 2018 at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. 

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2017 Law Firm Pro Bono Award

Hedges and Lyons - Morgantown, WV

 

Formed in 2011, the attorneys at Hedges and Lyons, John Hedges and Teresa Lyons, have more than 50 years of combined experience delivering exceptional representation to West Virginia clients. They have an extensive track record in diverse types of civil litigation, including cases that relate to family and education law. 

John and Teresa also work hard to make a difference in the community. In 2017, the firm's attorneys helped in over 10 pro bono cases, donating more than 132 hours of pro bono time. Their work included providing legal representation in consumer, estate, and family law/domestic violence cases.

2017 Kaufman Award

Mary Rich Maloy - Charleston, WV

In 2017, Mary Rich donated nearly 100 hours of pro bono service, helping more than 130 low-income clients on family law matters.

Mary Rich is an Emeritus Attorney with Legal Aid of West Virginia in the Charleston office. Each and every week, she volunteers two days a week, providing advice and guidance to Legal Aid clients. She usually takes 6-7 cases each week. When Legal Aid has had staffing challenges, Mary has always been willing to jump in and take more cases; she also volunteers at the ACLU one day a week. She is an experienced attorney, who has served as a Clerk for Justice Tom Miller, worked as a staff attorney at Jackson Kelly, operated her own family law practice, and worked at the Kanawha County Prosecutor's office. Mary received her undergraduate degree and law degree from West Virginia University.

Mary came to Legal Aid about three years ago, looking to stay busy and give back, as she had recently retired. Legal Aid and our clients are lucky that Mary found a home at Legal Aid. Each week, when she comes into the office, she brings warmth and understanding in giving advice to our clients, and Legal Aid is incredibly thankful for her. 

2017 Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award

Jared Tully - Charleston, WV

Jared Tully is a member at Frost Brown Todd and practices in the firm's business litigation, appellate, and tort and insurance practice group in their Charleston office. Jared attended Hampden-Sydney College and graduated from the West Virginia University College of Law. While in law school, Jared was a member of the Clinical Law Program.

 

Despite his busy practice and family commitments, Jared takes the time to regularly take pro bono cases from Legal Aid. In 2017, Jared provided pro bono legal representation to five families, helping to draft wills and resolve property issues for clients. Jared volunteered more than 70 hours of his time in 2017, and some of his cases are still ongoing. He even took a case in Webster County, requiring him to drive several hours from Charleston to assist with the case. 

 

About two years ago, Jared reached out to Legal Aid, interested in volunteering. Since then, Jared has quickly become on of our best volunteers and a strong advocate for pro bono. Each time we contact Jared about taking a case, he always says he is "happy to help." Although he practices more in the business and financial areas of law, he enjoys taking cases from Legal Aid because he likes getting to know the clients and finds that helping them is a meaningful and rewarding experience.