LAD presents annual awards

Legal Aid and Defender Association (LAD) held its fourth annual "Laddy" awards ceremony Nov. 19 in the historic Chief Judge's Courtroom at Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse.

"We're grateful to have the Laddy awards here again for the second year," said Judge Denise Page Hood of U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, representing Chief Judge Gerald E. Rosen. "This is a moment for pro bono attorneys to shine," Hood said, comparing the Laddys to the Oscar and Emmy awards of the motion picture and television industries.

"We're recognizing a special group of attorneys, said Lois E. Bingham, a member of LAD's board of directors, who welcomed award winners, sponsors and guests on behalf of LAD.

This year's Laddy winners are:

- Pro Bono Attorney of the Year - Jordan S. Bolton of Birmingham and Clark Hill PLC

- Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year - Bodman PLC

- Kelvin W. Scott Pro Bono Corporation of the Year - Office of General Counsel, Ford Motor Co.

- Pro Bono Spirit - Kristi A. Katsma of Detroit and Dickinson Wright PLLC; Kurt Thornbladh of Farmington and Thornbladh Legal Group PLC; and Jenny L. Zavadil of Rochester Hills and Bowman and Brooke LLP

- Frank D. Eaman Warrior of Justice - John A. Shea of Dexter Township, a solo practitioner

- Ed Pokorny Pioneer of Justice - Judge James R. Chylinski of Grosse Pointe Woods and Wayne County Circuit Court

- Friend of LAD - 37th District Court, Warren and Macomb Homeless Coalition

LAD awarded Pangborn Pins, designed by artist Dominic Pangborn of Pangborn Design Ltd., for 100 hours or more of pro bono service to Seth A. Drucker, Kathryn Ariella Katz and Mary K. Mansfield, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP; Olukunle A. Fadipe, formerly a solo practitioner and now a LAD staff attorney; and Kathleen G. Galen, Mary Beth Leija, Theresa H. Sharp and Christy Q. Williams, solo practitioners.

Published: Wed, Dec 03, 2014