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Allegheny County Bar Foundation Announces 2011 Pro Bono Achievement Award Winners

September 28, 2011 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Officers of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation announced its 2011 Allegheny County Bar Association Pro Bono Achievement Award Winners at its Fellows Grand Reception last night. The winners include individuals, a local corporation, and the late Director of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation’s Juvenile Court Project.

“So many Allegheny County residents are helped by the pro bono legal services being provided by hundreds of our attorneys in Allegheny County, and our 2011 winners certainly have led by example,” said Carol A. Behers, President of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation. “Their tireless efforts and commitment to ensuring that people who need legal representation receive it is what makes us all proud to be lawyers.”

Eleanor J. Grainy, Esq, (posthumously) received the Lorraine M. Bittner Public Interest Attorney Award. Attorney Grainy, who passed away this summer, was the Director of the Juvenile Court Project (JCP), a program of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation that contracts with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services to provide free legal representation to parents with pending child dependency and termination cases in the Allegheny County Children’s Court. Grainy encouraged her staff attorneys to provide pro bono legal services and demonstrated a passion for protecting the rights of parents.

Frederick A. Miller, Esq. received the Jane F. Hepting Individual Pro Bono Award. Attorney Miller has been an active volunteer in the Neighborhood Legal Services Association’s Protection from Abuse Referral Program. Since becoming a volunteer in 2009, he has assisted 68 victims of domestic violence.

FedEx Ground received the 2011 Organization Pro Bono Award. FedEx Ground became a member of the Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership in 2010 and quickly organized local and staff attorneys to establish the Bridgeville Wills Clinic, support the McKees Rocks Wills Clinic, participate in the Protection from Abuse Project, and launch a new project with the Education Law Center.

Jason E. Hazlewood, Esq, received a 2011 Special Service Award. Hazlewood is an associate in the Commercial Litigation Group at Reed Smith. This year Attorney Hazelwood accepted an appointment from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania to represent a plaintiff in a civil rights case on a pro bono basis. Hazelwood won a jury verdict for his client.

Thomas J. Ward, Esq, received a 2011 Special Service Award. Ward, who recently retired as Special Counsel in the Business Group of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, served for many years on the administrative board of the Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership. He worked to help plan and implement Partnership projects that used the resources of law firms and corporate legal departments to provide legal services to low-income residents of Allegheny County.

Additional information about all of the winners can be found on the Allegheny County Bar Foundation website at www.acbf.org.

Incorporated in 1980, the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, serves as the philanthropic arm of the Allegheny County Bar Association. The Foundation operates a variety of charitable, educational, pro bono, and public service activities.


Contacts:

 

Barb Griffin
Allegheny County Bar Foundation
Pro Bono Coordinator
412-402-6668

Tom Loftus
Director of Marketing and Media Relations
Allegheny County Bar Association
412-402-6620