David Yaussy has been practicing law for over 30 years, and
is a well-known Member at Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, where he is based
in the Charleston office, and serves as Chair of its Environmental Practice
But he also wears another legal hat: he is an active pro
bono volunteer for Legal Aid of West Virginia.
For over 25 years, David has stepped out of his day-to-day practice to take on tough cases - including domestic violence, divorce, and custody disputes - on behalf of vulnerable Legal Aid clients. When asked why someone with so many responsibilities already on his plate would want to take on something more, he says, “Pro bono work is one of the most rewarding aspects of my practice. It’s an opportunity to work with people who need help and are appreciative of the service they receive. And it allows me the chance to walk into court and play lawyer in a way that doesn’t usually happen in my regular practice.”
We are grateful for the many hours David has devoted to clients who may have otherwise gone without a lawyer to help them when they most needed it.
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For more than 40 years, Jim Bordas of Wheeling-based Bordas
& Bordas, PLLC has been taking cases to trial and securing record-setting
verdicts for individuals and families who have suffered abuse, injury and other
types of loss. He is known both statewide
and nationally as a passionate advocate for his clients.
Jim has seen first-hand how access to justice is not always
guaranteed, especially for the poor and vulnerable, and it has inspired in him a
strong commitment to pro bono service, and to providing financial support for Legal
Aid of West Virginia.
For years, Jim has made consistent, generous annual gifts to
help support the services Legal Aid provides to domestic violence victims,
veterans, seniors and others in need. In
addition, from 2011 to 2013, he served as Co-Chair of The Campaign For Legal
Aid, helping raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the organization.
He says, “We get calls every single day in our office from
desperate people who have nowhere else to turn.
The need for legal assistance is overwhelming and no single lawyer or
law firm can take care of every person who comes to them for help. This is why I support Legal Aid of West
Virginia – they are able to take on cases we can’t, and they help ensure
fairness and equity in our court system by leveling the playing field for
people who might otherwise be forced to go it alone and unrepresented. Being a good lawyer doesn’t just mean winning
cases. It means remembering the ideals
that brought you to law in the first place, and supporting access to justice
for all people.”
Your generosity to your community and to Legal Aid of West Virginia is deeply appreciated, Jim!
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