DC and Montgomery County Attorneys Honored for Volunteer Service

September 21, 2005

Three local attorneys and a key administrative assistant for Crowell & Moring will receive this year’s Pro Bono Legal Service Awards for outstanding volunteer legal service to low-income individuals from the Washington region. The awards will be made on Sunday, October 2 at a brunch following the annual Red Mass for justices, lawyers and government officials.

The honorees are volunteers with the Archdiocesan Legal Network, a program of Catholic Community Services of the Archdiocese of Washington that, last year alone, provided $10 million in free legal services to 6,000 people in need through the generosity of 283 volunteer attorneys and 55 law firms. The Legal Network operates six intake sites in the District of Columbia and Forestville and Silver Spring, Maryland, as well as telephone intake.

The awards are given by the John Carroll Society, a spiritual, charitable and social organization for Washington-area Catholic professionals. This year’s Pro Bono Legal Service Award winners are:

Anne Marie Cashman, Crowell and Moring, LLP administrative assistant, has been responsible for ensuring her firm conducts client intake two days each week. She developed and implemented a computerized client scheduling system now used by all of the Archdiocesan Legal Network’s volunteer law firms to schedule clients for in-person consultations; maintains the database of the Legal Network’s volunteers; and was instrumental in organizing the organization’s first golf tournament, which raised $50,000 in 2004.

Henry M. Rivera, Esq., partner at Vinson & Elkins, LLP, has been a member of the Legal Network’s Advisory Council since its inception in 1989 and has served as Council chair since 2003. He has been very active in encouraging attorneys and firms to provide pro bono services through the Legal Network and has been a strong financial supporter of the Legal Network.

Elizabeth B. Meers, Esq., partner with Hogan & Hartson, LLP, has been very active in placing pro bono cases through her firm. She has been invaluable in locating attorneys to handle difficult cases in areas such as consumer wills/probate and public entitlements. She also developed a training manual for the Legal Network Advisory Council in October 2004; identified mentors for new Council members; and has been instrumental in identifying grant sources for the organization.

Joseph M. Quirk, Esq., a sole practitioner based in Rockville, has volunteered with the Legal Network since 2001. He primarily handles family law matters, such as child custody and support, including representing clients in court. He has served as a mentor and advisor to other volunteers and staff on complex family law cases.

Susan Gibbs
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