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2019 Pro Bono Award Winners

In April of 2019, the West Virginia State Bar held their annual meeting in Charleston, WV. This year, Legal Aid of WV presented two pro bono awards, one for a firm and one for an individual, that is given to those with outstanding pro bono volunteering records.

This year, Adrienne Worthy presented the two awards, as pictured below (left) to Virginia Lemon on behalf of Lemon Law Firm and Rachel Ludwig, of Jackson Kelly, for the individual award. 

2017 Law Firm Pro Bono Award

Lemon Law Office - Lewisburg, WV

 

 

George L. Lemon has been practicing law for over 43 years as a sole proprietor in Lewisburg, WV. George received his Juris Doctorate Degree from John Marshall University School of Law in Atlanta, GA in 1970. The same year, he was admitted to the West Virginia State Bar and the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. George received his Bachelor of Science from Salem College in Salem, WV in 1964 and attended Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV from 1955-1958. He has also been a licensed Auctioneer and licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of West Virginia for over 50 years and has conducted 4-H and FFA Ham, Bacon, and Egg Auctions for over 50 years.

 

In October 2013, Virginia A. Lemon joined her father’s law practice. Virginia received her Juris Doctorate Degree from Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in Montgomery, AL in May 2013. Virginia led the Jones Public Interest Law Foundation as President and was the recipient of the law school’s 2013 Distinguished Public Interest Fellow Award and the 2013 Alabama State Bar Pro Bono Award. During law school, Virginia worked as an extern for Judge William R. Sawyer of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Alabama and worked as an intern for Legal Services Alabama and Mountain State Justice in Charleston, WV. Virginia received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Marshall University in 2007, and worked as a Personal Banker in Lewisburg, WV until July 2010.

George and Virginia regularly volunteer each year to assist low-income and vulnerable West Virginians with bankruptcy through Legal Aid of West Virginia. In 2018, Lemon Law Office provided pro bono assistance in 14 bankruptcy cases, helping 32 people, and providing over 176 hours of pro bono service.

 

 

The Pro Bono Law Firm is presented to the law firm in West Virginia that has provided the most hours of pro bono representation to West Virginians during a given year.

2019 Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award

Rachel Ludwig - Charleston, WV

 

Rachel D. Ludwig is a native of Rockville, MD and currently lives in Charleston, WV. In 2007, Rachel graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Government and Politics. In 2012, she graduated from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Rachel’s practice focuses primarily on health care regulatory issues and mergers and acquisitions. Her experience includes assisting hospitals, health systems, and other providers in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, securities offerings, co-management agreements, and in developing clinically integrated networks and accountable care organizations. She provides guidance to corporate and health care clients on general business issues and regulatory, operational, and compliance matters. Rachel currently is the co-chair of the Young Professionals Council of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) and recently co-edited the AHLA publication Legal and Operational Guide for Free Medical Clinics. Rachel’s desire to help extends beyond her clients—she is an animal lover with a penchant for rescuing cats in need. She is an accomplished world traveler who can boast visiting 14 countries. She can also be found running, gardening, and playing competitive volleyball.

Rachel has been instrumental in helping with volunteer efforts for the Lawyer in the School program at Legal Aid of West Virginia (LAWV), which engages volunteer attorneys to provide legal help to families at selected elementary schools in Kanawha County. Since the program started in January 2017, Rachel has been a frequent volunteer for Lawyer in the School, volunteering 4 times at one of the schools. She has also been instrumental in facilitating Jackson Kelly’s volunteer efforts with the program. As a result, Jackson Kelly has brought the most volunteer attorneys and interns to one of the schools, including 26 attorneys and interns who have donated over 66 hours of pro bono service. Additionally, Rachel donates her time to facilitate the creation of new pro bono programs at LAWV and encourages attorneys to give not only their time but their financial support to the provision of free legal services to vulnerable West Virginians.

 

The Distinguished Pro Bono Service award recognizes a lawyer whose pro bono efforts in a given year have gone “above and beyond” the call of duty and are deserving of special recognition.

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