National Legal Services Corporation to Honor Six Michigan Attorneys for Outstanding Pro Bono Work

July 23, 2012

Washington, DC—The national Legal Services Corporation (LSC) Board of Directors will honor six Michigan lawyers at an event on Thursday, July 26, for their volunteer work with LSC-funded legal aid programs.  

An awards ceremony and reception will be held at the University of Michigan Law School, South Hall, Student Lounge, 701 South State Street in Ann Arbor, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

State Bar of Michigan President Julie I. Fershtman will give remarks.

The pro bono service award recipients are:

  • Charles Borgsdorf, attorney with Hooper Hathaway, member of the Legal Services of South Central Michigan board of directors, and 2010 recipient of the State Bar of Michigan’s Champion of Justice Award; 
  • Elizabeth Joy Fossel – Partner in the Grand Rapids office of Varnum LLP, and an 18-year volunteer attorney with Legal Aid of Western Michigan;
  • Nino E. Green – Chairman of the board of Legal Services of Northern Michigan and an early pioneer of the state’s pro bono movement;
  • Karen Luther – Former senior corporate counsel at Beaumont Hospital, where she helped found the Legal Aid for Children program with Detroit’s Legal Aid and Defender Association;                       
  • Hon Angela Kay Sherigan – Managing partner at Wojnecka & Sherigan, associate judge for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, and pro bono volunteer with Michigan Indian Legal Services; and
  • Michael R. Stanley – Former business owner who attended both college and law school after losing his sight, volunteer attorney at Legal Services of Eastern Michigan with expertise in fair housing and utility cases.

The event is being held in conjunction with meetings of the LSC Board and its committees, which will occur on July 27 at the Sheraton Ann Arbor.  Details regarding the board and committee meetings may be found in a notice published in the Federal Register at   Members of the public who are unable to attend may listen to open sessions of the board and its committees by telephone, using the instructions in the notice.

Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is an independent nonprofit established by Congress in 1974 to provide financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans. The Corporation currently provides funding to 132 independent nonprofit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.