Volunteer of the Month – October 2016

Firm: Baker & McKenzie LLP

Jonathan Rosamond is an Associate in the litigation group of Baker & McKenzie LLP. He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Veterans Outreach Subcommittee of the Pro Bono Activities Committee of the Dallas Bar Association. Continue reading

DVAP Award Recipients

2015 Annual Award Ceremony

DVAP annually presents awards to those that go above and beyond their call of duty. Their efforts are what make our organization a success. We would like to congratulate the recipients, listed below, for their outstanding efforts in the justice system!

  • Natalie Smeltzer was awarded Lawyer of the Year.
  • Judge Drew Ten Eyck was awarded The Hartman Judicial Pro Bono Service Award.
  • Debbie McComas was awarded Pro Bono Coordinator of the Year.
  • Martin LeNoir was awarded Outstanding Clinic Attorney of the West Dallas Clinic.
  • Jeremy Aleman was awarded Outstanding Clinic Attorney of the Garland Legal Clinic.
  • Lisa Shirley was awarded Outstanding Clinic Attorney of the South Dallas Clinic.
  • Artoush Varshosaz was awarded Outstanding Clinic Attorney of the East Dallas Clinic.
  • Jim Sargent was awarded Outstanding VA Clinic Attorney.
  • Elizabeth Griffin was awarded Pro Bono Court Reporter of the Year.
  • Jeffery White was awarded Outstanding Court Personnel.
  • Allen Mihecoby was awarded Outstanding Support Volunteer.
  • Jeffrey Moore was awarded Outstanding Corporate Attorney.
  • Andrews Kurth LLP was awarded Law Firm of the Year.
  • Bill Lamoreaux was awarded The Lois Bacon Special Services Award.
  • Brad Weber was awarded The Pro Bono Appreciation Award.
  • AT&T was awarded Outstanding Clinic Sponsor.
  • Susan Morris was awarded Outstanding Mentor Attorney.
  • Harriet Miers was awarded The Lisa Blue Baron Access to Justice Award.
  • Manning & Meyers was awarded The Gold Award for Firms with Under 50 Attorneys.
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges 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 101-149 Attorneys.
  • Haynes and Boone, LLP was awarded The Gold Award for Firms with over 150 Attorneys.
  • MedAssets, Inc. was awarded The Silver Award for Firms with under 50 Attorneys.
  • Hunton & Williams LLP was awarded The Silver Award for Firms with 50-100 Attorneys.
  • Vinson & Elkins was awarded The Silver Award for Firms with 101-149 Attorneys.
  • Gardere was awarded The Silver Award for Firms with Over 150 Attorneys.
  • Cozen O’Conner was awarded The Bronze Award for Firms with under 50 Attorneys.
  • Squire Patton Boggs 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.
  • Locke Lord LLP was awarded The Bronze Award for Firms with Over 150 Attorneys.

DVAP Award Recipients

2014 Annual Award Ceremony

DVAP annually presents awards to those that go above and beyond their call of duty. Their efforts are what make our organization a success. We would like to congratulate the recipients, listed below, for their outstanding efforts in the justice system!

  • Sandra Fusco was awarded Lawyer of the Year.
  • Judge David Lopez was awarded The Hartman Judicial Pro Bono Service Award.
  • Alisa Richman was awarded Outstanding Sole Practitioner.
  • Basheer Ghorayeb was awarded Pro Bono Coordinator of the Year.
  • Pamela St. John was awarded Outstanding Clinic Attorney of the West Dallas Clinic.
  • Robert Nunnally was awarded Outstanding Clinic Attorney of the Garland Legal Clinic.
  • Valencia Carter was awarded Outstanding Clinic Attorney of the South Dallas Clinic.
  • Jarrett Reed was awarded Outstanding Clinic Attorney of the East Dallas Clinic.
  • Glenwood Hill was awarded Outstanding VA Clinic Attorney.
  • Glenda Finkley was awarded Pro Bono Court Reporter of the Year.
  • Twyla Weatherford was awarded Outstanding Court Personnel.
  • Ayo Olagbajo was awarded Outstanding Support Volunteer.
  • Ashlie Alaman was awarded Outstanding Corporate Attorney.
  • Reed Allmand was awarded The Lois Bacon Special Services Award.
  • Scott McElhaney was awarded The Pro Bono Appreciation Award.
  • MedAssets was awarded Outstanding Clinic Sponsor.
  • Walt Bondies was awarded Outstanding Mentor Attorney.
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP was awarded The Lisa Blue Baron Access to Justice Award.
  • Bracewell & Giuliani LLP was awarded The Gold Award for Firms with Under 50 Attorneys.
  • Squire Patton Boggs 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.
  • The Basset Firm was awarded The Silver Award for Firms with under 50 Attorneys.
  • Andrews Kurth LLP was awarded The Silver Award for Firms with 50-100 Attorneys.
  • Jones Day 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.
  • Cozen O’Conner was awarded The Bronze Award for Firms with under 50 Attorneys.
  • Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, 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.

On August 13, 2012, client sought legal assistance with obtaining re-entry to his rental home after the landlord locked him out of the property for non-payment of rent and refused to allow him access to the property to retrieve his belongings. The client was locked out after he went to work on August 4, 2012. When he returned home from work, he discovered that the landlord had changed the locks on the house, and that the landlord’s brother had taken possession of the property. Even though the client was two months behind on his rent, the landlord had not given him proper notice of the lockout and kept belongings that the client needed for work. The client is a construction worker and kept many of his tools at the property. After he contacted the landlord requesting to be allowed access to the property he received hostile messages from the landlord’s brother, and was told that he would not be allowed to get his belongings until after he removed a hot tub that he had installed in the yard and paid the past-due rent. The landlord originally agreed to allow him to access the property, but she changed her mind after becoming upset with him. The landlord then refused to accept the past-due payments or to allow the client to retrieve his belongings. The client sought legal assistance with retrieving his personal belongings, as well as compensation for having to purchase new clothing and remodeling tools for his job.

Pro bono attorney Sharon Campbell accepted the case for representation and began negotiations with the landlord. After being unable to reach an agreement, Ms. Campbell filed suit on December 7, 2012 in County Court at Law No. 5 requesting monetary compensation for the client’s property. Through mediation, Ms. Campbell was able to negotiate a lump-sum settlement for $22,000 from the landlord for unlawfully holding the client’s belongings. An agreed judgment was entered on October 8, 2014, after the settlement was paid. The client was extremely grateful to receive compensation for having to live in hotels for the remainder of his lease, and for having to purchase new tools, furniture, and clothing.