Legal Aid and Defender Association presents second annual 'Laddys' awards


 Legal Aid and Defender Association (LAD) honored a judge, a law firm, a corporate law department and a number of individual attorneys at its second annual “Laddys” awards ceremony at the College for Creative Studies’ A. Albert Taubman Center for Design Services on Thursday, Oct. 25.

Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Vera Massey-Jones, received the Ed Pokorny Pioneer of Justice award.
Anthony T. Chambers, an attorney in private practice, received the Frank D. Eaman Warrior of Justice award.
Honigman, Miller, Schwartz, & Cohn LLP, represented by partner Jennifer Zbytowski Belveal, was named Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year.
The Office of General Counsel of General Motors Company, represented by attorney Andy Segovia, received the Kelvin W. Scott Pro Bono Award for Excellence in Corporate Involvement.
Individual attorneys who received recognition for exceptional volunteer service through LAD’s Private Attorney Involvement Program were:
• Karen L. Piper, an attorney with Bodman PLC, Pro Bono Attorney of the Year.
• Patrick G. Gagniuk, an attorney in private practice, Pro Bono Spirit-Macomb County.
• Bryan A. Sunisloe, an attorney in private practice, Pro Bono Spirit-Macomb County.
• Krystal Denise Johnson, an attorney in private practice, Pro Bono Spirit-Oakland County.
• Andrea D. Cartwright, an attorney in private practice, Pro Bono Spirit-Wayne County.
• Danielle J. Hessell, an attorney with Butzel Long PC, Pro Bono Spirit-Wayne County.
• Lynn M. Davidson, director, Macomb County Friend of the Court, Friend of LAD.
• Joon H. Sung, assistant professor, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Friend of LAD.
Piper and Sung also received Pangborn Pins for exceeding the State Bar of Michigan’s voluntary standard of 30 hours of pro bono service per year, as did attorneys Daniel Nicholas Adams, Kathryn Arierlla Katz, David Allen Malinowski, Roger Peters Meyers and James Allen Sheridan.
Ronnie Dahl, a reporter for television station WJBK FOX 2, emceed the awards ceremony.
LAD is the largest provider of free civil legal services to low-income residents of Michigan.  It serves metropolitan Detroit through its offices in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.  It also represents criminal defendants in Wayne County and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.  Including brief consultations and comprehensive legal services, the public law firm handles some 15,000 legal matters yearly.
“We work with clients in a comprehensive manner, so that as we solve their legal problems, we help solve other problems as well,” Deierdre L. Weir, president and CEO of LAD, said.  “We help people rebuild their lives and help families stay together.”
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(photos by John Meiu)