Legal Services Corporation Honors Vermont Attorneys, Law Firm for Pro Bono Service

July 14, 2016

BURLINGTON, VT – The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) Board of Directors will present Pro Bono Service Awards on July 18 to the law office of Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC and three Vermont attorneys in recognition of their extraordinary commitment to equal justice.

The LSC Pro Bono Service Award Reception will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Burlington Hilton at 70 Battery Street. The awards ceremony will be held in conjunction with the LSC Board of Directors’ third quarterly meeting of the year.

Speakers at the event include Vermont Bar Association Executive Director and Vermont Bar Foundation President Therese Corsones and LSC Chairman John G. Levi.

Recipients of the Pro Bono Service Awards are:

  • Sandra Baird, an attorney who has volunteered with the Legal Services Law Line of Vermont since 1987 and been an important supporter of the Satur­day Free Walk-In Legal Clinic.
  • P. Scott McGee, an attorney with Hershenson, Carter, Scott and McGee, PC. He has closed approximately 25 pro bono cases, many involving complex legal matters related to family law, contracts, or homeownership.
  • Rebecca Rice, an attorney practicing law in Rutland with Cohen & Rice. She has been a volunteer with Legal Services Law Line of Vermont since 1987, handing complex and emergency bankruptcy cases for low-income clients.
  • Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, Vermont’s largest law firm and a long-time supporter of pro bono efforts in the state. It provides financial support for trainings, offers office space to other pro bono attorneys, and is a strong supporter of the Chittenden County Small Claims Clinic.

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 133 independent nonprofit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.