Baxter Receives 2003 President's
David A. Baxter, Esq., NWLS Attorney, receives the
prestigious 2003 President's Award. The award
was presented to David on December 3rd by Russell S. Warner, Esq.,
President of the Erie County Bar Association, for his untiring and
long-term commitment to coordination of our Association's pro bono
program, Legal Aid Volunteer Attorneys Program, spearheading our
members' legal assistance to the indigent in our community
Thelma Grady, honored for her work
and dedication to the community!
Thelma Grady was recognized as a public housing hero
by the Erie Housing Authority for her commitment and dedication to the
Thelma has been an active supporter and board member of
NWLS, past president of the Clients Council of Pennsylvania,
Clients Council of Erie
County, and Erie Tenants Council. She has been a mainstay of public
support of free legal services for low-income people throughout the
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2003 Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney Award:
Attorney Roger Taft,
of the Law Firm, McDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton,
has been awarded the 2003 Pro bono Award for Outstanding Attorney.
Attorney Taft was honored and presented with the award the Law Day Luncheon held at the Erie Shrine Club. Attorney
has been an active volunteer attorney for
our Legal Aid Volunteer Attorney Program for 21 years.
He has contributed over 113 hours of pro bono service this past year,
and more than 360 hours since the inception of the program.
We wish to thank Attorney
Taft for this generous contribution and his
dedication to the LAVA Program.
New Attorney at NWLS:
Dionis Blauser, was hired as a staff
attorney with Northwestern Legal Services in November working in our
Bradford Office. Dionis attended Seton Hall University School of Law
in Newark, New Jersey. She graduated in June of 2003. While in law school
she was one of four research assistants working with the Director of the
Center for Social Justice at the Law School gathering information for a
law review article dealing with disparate impact and fair housing claims.
During the summer of 2001 she worked as a legal intern with Hill, Betts
and Nash in Newark, NJ. She is a long time resident of Northwestern
Pennsylvania from Mercer County. Welcome!
Rena Fohr will be retiring on December 31, 2003. Rena
began her employment with Northwestern Legal Services on July 2, 1984
working in our Bradford Office. For the past 19 1/2 years Rena has worked
to empower our clients and ensure that they receive access to justice in
our court system. In 2002 Rena began working part-time under a DOJ Grant
providing holistic legal services to Victims of Domestic Violence. Rena is
married to Samuel Fohr and has two adult children, Brad and Sherry. We
wish her the best of luck in her retirement.
of Justice Refunds NWLS' Blossom Project - project designed to
assist victims of domestic violence.
3 New Attorneys at NWLS:
David Hull, is a new attorney in our
Franklin Office. David graduated from the University of Pittsburgh
School of Law in May of 2003 and worked as an intern previously for
Neighborhood Legal Services. Welcome David.
Valerie Sprenkle, has also accepted position
in our Franklin Office. She was a former staff attorney with the
Civil Legal Assistance Project of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.
We welcome her as an addition to the Blossom Project.
John Moore, joins our staff will be
working in the Meadville Office for our Blossom Project. John
has been a lawyer in private practice for 2 years in the Pittsburgh area
and we welcome him to our program.
Pamela Logsdon Go To DA's Office:
Pamela Logsdon, attorney in our Franklin Office,
will be leaving NWLS as she has accepted a position with the
District Attorney's Office in Venango County. We wish her all the
best in your new endeavors!
2002 Louis J. Goffman Award & Pro
The Erie County Bar Association (ECBA) and Northwestern Legal
Services (NWLS) have been chosen to receive the 2002 Louis J. Goffman
Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation. The program seeks "to
recognize and honor an individual and an organization whose commitments to
pro bono have enhanced the delivery of legal services to Pennsylvania's
poor or disadvantaged, making a critical difference in the lives of those
in need of legal representation."
This award recognizes our efforts in Erie County to use pro bono as an
important part of our mission. David Baxter, Director of the Legal Aid
Volunteer Attorney (LAVA)
program, will go the Pennsylvania Bar Association Conference in May to
accept this award on behalf of the ECBA and NWLS.
As well, David was featured in the March - April 2002 edition of The
Pennsylvania Lawyer for his efforts in maintaining 70% pro bono
participation from the Erie County bar. David was also
recognized in the Pennsylvania Bar News. [Full
Congratulations to David and other staff efforts on this fine
Motley Accepts New Position:
Kelly Motley, Paralegal in our Franklin Office, is leaving
our program to accept a new position with Family Services. We
will all miss Kelly and wish her the best of everything!
2 New Hires!
Kevin Burke, Esquire joins our staff in April, working out of
our Meadville Office. Kevin attended the University of
Pittsburgh School of Law and has been working as an Assistant District
Attorney in Franklin.
Bill Creighton, Esquire will be joining us in May as
Managing Attorney in our Farrell Office. After graduating from Case
Western Law School in 1991 he was a sole practitioner. In 1996 he
began working for Northeast Ohio Legal Services and then became the
managing attorney of the Lisbon, Ohio Office.
Welcome to both of you!
Erie County Bar Association Board of Directors Honor Attorneys at NWLS:
Erie NWLS Attorneys are given recognition for the valuable service and
commitment to the community >>>See
PLS' Striving for Excellence Awards
March 5, 2002 - Harrisburg Hilton & Towers
Pennsylvania Legal Services (PLS) recognizes individuals who have
demonstrated exceptional dedication and commitment to legal services with the
"Striving Toward Excellence" Awards. This year we are proud to
announce that two "of our own" have been chosen to receive this honor.
Thelma Grady, (NWLS Board Member), has been a powerful advocate for
the legal needs of low-income clients in her own community and across the
nation. For over 25 years she has worked in a leadership role on the local,
state and national level to ensure that clients have received civil legal
services, and has molded this commitment into positive accomplishments on behalf
of low-income individuals and their families. Thelma continues
to serve on the NWLS board of directors, and she remains a strong voice on
behalf of our mission.
Caulene Sanford, (NWLS Co-director of Technology, Systems and
Information Coordinator), has demonstrated excellence in support of quality
legal services throughout our program region and across the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania. Caulene took a lead role in the computerization of all aspects of
the NWLS, both in stand-alone computers and the networking of those systems. Her
commitment to use technology to assist in the delivery of client services has
led to measurable improvements in program operations and capabilities.
Thelma and Caulene were honored at the "Striving Toward
Excellence" Awards Banquet on March 5 at the Harrisburg Hilton &
Towers. Also being honored this year are: Lois Carnell, Valerie G. Case, Theresa
M. Cocciolone, Michele Cole, Amy Hirsch, Matthew Kresock, Timothy Wolfson, Mark
E. Levin, Viola A. Sanders, Sheila St. Amand, Joy Flowers Conti, Jeffrey A.
Ernico, Clifford E. Haines, and David Unkovic.
Previous recipients of the award include Debbie Place from our