Laddys presented: Legal Aid and Defender honors pro bono service


(Photos by John Meiu)

 Legal Aid and Defender Association (LAD) honored two judges, a law firm, a corporate office of general counsel, and a number of individual attorneys at its third annual Laddy awards ceremony on Nov. 22 in the historic Chief Judge’s Courtroom at the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse in Detroit.

LAD bestows Laddys annually on members of the legal community for their pro bono services to its clients.
U.S. District Court Chief Judge Gerald E. Rosen, Eastern District of Michigan, presided over the ceremony.  He thanked “all those who provide pro bono services, on behalf not only of myself but the entire bench of the Eastern District of Michigan.”
“We thank those who help us beyond what we can do with our limited financial resources,” LAD President and CEO Deierdre L. Weir said.  “We appreciate all you do for us.”
This year’s Laddy winners were: 
• Pro Bono Attorney of the Year—Lindsay DeMoss, of Royal Oak, an attorney with Dickinson Wright PLLC.
• Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year—Miller Canfield PLC.
• Kelvin W. Scott Pro Bono Corporation of the Year—Ford Motor Company Office of General Counsel. 
• Pro Bono Spirit Macomb County—Melissa M. Pearce, of Commerce Township, an attorney in private practice. 
• Pro Bono Spirit Oakland County—Joycelyn Ward, of Farmington Hills, an attorney in private practice. 
• Pro Bono Spirit Wayne County—Khalilah V. Spencer, of West Bloomfield, an attorney with Honigman, Miller, Schwartz, and Cohn LLP.
• Frank D. Eaman Warrior of Justice—Craig A. Daly, of Royal Oak, an attorney in private practice. 
• Ed Pokorny Pioneer of Justice Award —Michael F. Sapala, retired Wayne County Circuit Court judge.
• Friend of LAD—Judge Charles G. Goedert of 43rd District Court, Hazel Park. 
LAD also awarded Pangborn Pins, designed by graphic artist Dominic Pangborn, for 50 hours or more of pro bono service to Ward and attorneys Charles Duncan, Timothy Knowlton and Kelsey Switzer of Honigman, Miller, Schwartz, and Cohn LLP; Randi Glanz and Matthew Heron of Clark Hill PLC; and Alexander Simpson II of Bodman PLC.