2016 Extraordinary Pro Bono Service Awards
Extraordinary Bar and/or Foundation Service - Bill McMullen and Pender McElroy
Bill McMullen of Cranford, Buckley, Schultze, Tomchin, Allen & Buie, P.A. and Pender McElroy of James, McElroy & Diehl, P.A. are the recipients the Extraordinary Bar and Foundation Service Award. This award recognizes outstanding service to the MCB and/or MBF. Both recipients have served as co-chairs for a combined 25+ years. Their hard work and leadership over the years have been instrumental in every aspect of making the Bar and Center come together from the purchase of the land to the construction of the building.
Outstanding Collaborative Project - Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, along with Novant Health and Charlotte School of Law, have collaborated to conduct monthly Advance Directive Clinics at the Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center at Novant Health. During the clinics, Womble attorneys and law students from the Charlotte School of Law assist cancer patients and their families who cannot afford legal services to prepare Healthcare Powers of Attorney. This permits clients to designate a trusted person or persons to represent their wishes in the event they need someone to make decisions on their behalf, and Living Wills, which enable clients to express their wishes relating to care intended to prolong life. The clinics have been running for almost two years and have assisted approximately 35 clients. Following the clinics, Novant Health works with patients and hospital teams to make sure that the clients' medical records are updated to include the Healthcare Powers of Attorney and Living Wills so that, when circumstances arise, medical personnel and family members will have access to these documents which direct clients' wishes.
Outstanding Collaborative Project (Recognition) - McGuireWoods and Bank of America
In a very unique collaboration with Bank of America, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont (LSSP) and Legal Aid of North Carolina-Charlotte (LANC), McGuireWoods organized, hosted and staffed an inaugural pro bono legal clinic in which the firm and Bank of America lawyers paired up to help a number of individuals transitioning out of homelessness in the Charlotte area. Led by Charlotte pro bono coordinators Carter Arey and Angie Zimmern, the Sept. 21 legal clinic demonstrated a proactive, innovative, first-of-its kind partnership between McGuireWoods and Bank of America to deliver pro bono services.