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Baker Donelson Recognizes Attorneys for Pro Bono Work


(Memphis, TN/July 12, 2011) Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, has recognized fifteen attorneys within the Firm for their commitment to pro bono service. 

Caroline McSherry "Sherry" Dolan was named the Firm-wide 2011 Baker Donelson Pro Bono Attorney of the Year. Of counsel in the Firm's New Orleans office, Ms. Dolan was recognized for her extensive pro bono service in New Orleans, as well as for her efforts as the Firm's New Orleans Pro Bono Coordinator. In addition to coordinating and managing operations of the New Orleans Homeless Court, Ms. Dolan also represents clients from the Pro Bono Project of New Orleans and is a frequent organizer and presenter of programs on pro bono and professionalism.

Baker Donelson also recognized attorneys in many of its individual offices for their pro bono efforts.

Warner J. Delaune, Baton Rouge Pro Bono Attorney of the Year: Mr. Delaune was recognized for helping an Angola State Prison inmate prepare a patent application for an exercise device he developed while in prison. Mr. Delaune devoted more than 50 hours to assisting this client in the patent application process.

Kevin R. Garrison, Birmingham Pro Bono Attorney of the Year: Mr. Garrison received this award for the second consecutive year. His representation of homeless and indigent clients has expanded to work as part of a team of attorneys representing individuals wrongfully incarcerated by small towns in the metro Birmingham area simply because they were unable to pay the fines for minor misdemeanor traffic violations. Working with a team of attorneys in the Firm's Birmingham office, Mr. Garrison also negotiated with a real estate developer to donate space in downtown Birmingham for an independent movie theater, and applied for and obtained a grant from the Community Foundation for the project.

John P. McGehee, Chattanooga Pro Bono Attorney of the Year: Mr. McGehee was recognized for their work with the Orange Grove Center, a local private nonprofit organization serving adults and children with intellectual disabilities. Together, Ms. Hoffecker and Mr. McGehee worked almost 200 hours on legal matters affecting Orange Grove clients and their families.

Barry C. Campbell, Jackson Pro Bono Attorney of the Year: Mr. Campbell was recognized for devoting more than 90 hours of his time toward pro bono efforts for the poor. He worked on several divorce cases for clients referred by the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project, including some cases requiring a significant investment of time, such a child custody case which he took on days before it went to trial.

Christie Hayes, Johnson City Pro Bono Attorney of the Year: Ms. Hayes was recognized for her pro bono service for clients referred by Legal Aid of East Tennessee, which named her its Pro Bono Attorney of the Year. With 75 hours of pro bono work in 2011, Ms. Hayes was also recognized by Legal Aid of East Tennessee as the attorney in the region who donated the most pro bono hours. Her work included handling matters such as conservatorships, adoptions and other civil cases.

David L. Bearman, Memphis Pro Bono Attorney of the Year: Mr. Bearman was recognized for his years of service representing those who cannot afford legal representation. Mr. Bearman has represented pro bono clients in landlord-tenant disputes, contract disputes, will contests, employment disputes, child-support and custody matters, and wrongful death actions, among others. Last year, Mr. Bearman recorded more than 200 hours of pro bono work.

Caldwell G. Collins, Nashville Pro Bono Attorney of the Year: Ms. Collins was recognized for conceiving and implementing Helping Advocate Against Violent Environments Now (HAAVEN), which provides legal services to victims of domestic violence. Through the HAAVEN program, the Firm was able to partner with the YWCA Weaver Domestic Violence Center and provide legal clinics and services to victims of domestic violence.

"Baker Donelson attorneys consistently demonstrate an unparalleled commitment to pro bono service. We have honored these attorneys for going above and beyond the call of duty in their commitment to serving our communities through pro bono work," said Lisa W. Borden, the Firm's Pro Bono Shareholder.

Through its commitment to pro bono representation, Baker Donelson provides legal services to groups and individuals likely to be marginalized in the legal system due to economic barriers. Over the years, the Firm's attorneys have provided a variety of counsel to many populations, including immigrants, refugees, the elderly and the impoverished. Baker Donelson's efforts include work on a wide range of matters, such as advocating for the homeless and organizations that serve the homeless, death penalty litigation, providing corporate legal services to non-profit organizations, and much more.

Additional information on Baker Donelson's Pro Bono efforts is available at http://www.bakerdonelson.com/pro-bono/.

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