Volunteer of the Month – July 2014
Firm: Thompson & Knight LLP
John Cohn is a Partner in Thompson & Knight’s Tax Practice Group in Dallas. He has served as Thompson & Knight’s Pro Bono Chair, working with DVAP and other pro bono providers, for more than a decade.
- Victoria Neave was awarded Lawyer of the Year.
- Judge Brenda Thompson was awarded The Hartman Judicial Pro Bono Service Award.
- Camille Reed was awarded Outstanding New Pro Bono Lawyer.
- Tricia DeLeon was awarded Pro Bono Coordinator of the Year.
- Marvin Estes was awarded Outstanding Clinic Attorney of the West Dallas Clinic.
- Bill Milne was awarded Outstanding Clinic Attorney of the Garland Legal Clinic.
- Jeff Moore was awarded Outstanding Clinic Attorney of the South Dallas Clinic.
- Scott Robelen was awarded Outstanding Clinic Attorney of the East Dallas Clinic.
- Winifred Cannon was awarded Outstanding VA Clinic Attorney
- Elizabeth Griffin was awarded Pro Bono Court Reporter of the Year.
- Donna Hall was awarded Outstanding Court Personnel.
- Jones Day was awarded Law Firm of the Year.
- Risa Burgess was awarded Outstanding Support Volunteer.
- Amy Bosway was awarded Outstanding Small Firm Lawyer.
- Michael Hurst was awarded The Lois Bacon Special Services Award.
- Sally Crawford was awarded The Pro Bono Appreciation Award.
- K&L Gates LLP was awarded Outstanding Clinic Sponsor.
- Jack Wilburn was awarded Outstanding Mentor Attorney.
- Jay Patterson was awarded The Lisa Blue Baron Access to Justice Award.
- Bracewell & Giuliani LLP was awarded The Gold Award for Firms with Under 50 Attorneys.
- Patton Boggs LLP was awarded The Gold Award for Firms with 50-100 Attorneys.
- Baker Botts L.L.P. was awarded The Gold Award for Firms with 100-149 Attorneys.
- Locke Lord LLP was awarded The Gold Award for Firms with over 150 Attorneys.
- Cozen O’Connor was awarded The Silver Award for Firms with under 50 Attorneys.
- Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP was awarded The Silver Award for Firms with 50-100 Attorneys.
- Vinson & Elkins LLP was awarded The Silver Award for Firms with 100-149 Attorneys.
- Haynes and Boone, LLP was awarded The Silver Award for Firms with Over 150 Attorneys.
- Alston & Bird LLPr was awarded The Bronze Award for Firms with under 50 Attorneys.
- Andrews Kurth LLP was awarded The Bronze Award for Firms with 50-100 Attorneys.
- Norton Rose Fulbright LLP was awarded The Bronze Award for Firms with 100-149 Attorneys.
- Thompson & Knight LLP was awarded The Bronze Award for Firms with Over 150 Attorneys.
Landlord Tenant Recovery
“Tom” runs a small photography business and rented a house where he lived and ran his business. While he lived at the property, Tom needed the assistance of the landlord on various occasions, and requested help but never received any. The landlord told him to deal with the problems or handle them on his own. Tom did this throughout the lease.
When the lease was up, Tom delivered a 60-day notice letter to the landlord verifying his intention to move out of the property. Before moving out, Tom took great pains to clean the property thoroughly. He also trimmed all the bushes around the home, replaced a broken mailbox, Continue reading
Pro Bono Lawyer
Helps Couple Retain Property
Mr. & Mrs. Smith purchased their home in 1996 from Mrs. Brown, who died in 1999. The Smiths had a warranty deed for the property which was properly filed in the county records. They were thrilled to be homeowners, and they paid all taxes on the property and renovated it. The City approached the Smiths about purchasing their home because the City wanted to build the new police academy on their land. The City performed a title search and did not Continue reading
Pro Bono Attorney
Lucy entered a lease agreement to pay both rent and her electric bill to her landlord. Despite the fact that she was rarely at home, Lucy began receiving extremely large electric bills. She questioned the bills but continued to pay both her rent and electric bills in order to comply with her lease until the electric bill became so high that her landlord instructed her that she would not have to pay it until they could investigate the problem. Soon thereafter, her apartment was sold to another company and the management changed, and she received notice that she was overdue for her electric bills. Not only was the new company holding her responsible for the unpaid bill, but they were also requesting payment for bills that she had already paid.
Obtains Divorce and QDRO
A deaf client (the wife) on social security disability seeks assistance at a DVAP neighborhood clinic with a divorce that, at first blush, appears to be uncontested except for property issues. A DVAP volunteer attorney agrees to undertake representation despite the added complexity of having to line up volunteer sign language interpreters for communicating with both his client Continue reading
Takes Family Law Case to Trial
DVAP’s client had a child with the adverse party father. He abandoned the client and their child and showed no interest in the child for many years. Several years later, the adverse party gets a teenager pregnant. Both the father and the teenage mother are unable to care for the baby. DVAP’s client, the father, and the teen mom agreed that our client would raise Continue reading
Assists Client in DTPA Case
A client bought a vehicle from a used car dealer after being assured that a mechanic on staff had inspected the vehicle and that the engine was in good condition. He used his entire savings of $1,800 for the down payment. The seller assured him that it would be able to transport him to and from work. Only three weeks after he obtained the automobile, the engine threw a rod while the client was traveling to work. The seller agreed to replace the Continue reading
Grandmother Gains Legal Custody
of Children in her Care
A client came to the DVAP clinic asking for help obtaining custody of her two grandchildren for whom she was caring. She was retired and living solely off her monthly Social Security income. DVAP’s volunteer attorney established paternity, obtained custody of the grandchildren for her, and obtained child support from the parents. With legal custody and Continue reading
“Joan”, age 71, applied for legal assistance removing liens on her property. Joan had applied for a reverse mortgage to help pay her $600 monthly medication expenses. The title company investigated and found that there there were two unsatisfied liens with a major bank on her property. One of the liens was on her homestead property and another was on Continue reading