The University of Akron School of Law strives to be a leader in pro bono service. Our students have been at the forefront of the effort to deliver legal services to those who do not have access to traditional legal assistance Two graduating Akron Law students have been recognized for their exceptional work in this important endeavor.
This year, Shannon Foreman and James Patterson are the recipients of the 2009-10 Akron Law Pro Bono Service Award for reporting the highest number of pro bono hours. Mr. Foreman volunteered at the Akron Law Legal Clinic where he was involved in the inmate assistance program, appellate review, and clemency project. Mr. Foreman also volunteered for the Wills for Heroes program and Fugitive Safe Surrender. He also donated time to the Barberton Prosecutor’s office. Mr. Patterson volunteered at Community Legal Aid Services Inc. He provided critical support for legal aid’s pro bono bankruptcy project. Mr. Patterson also volunteered as a mediator in the small claims division of Akron Municipal Court.
The students each received an award of $500.
The 2009-10 Pro Bono Service Award is sponsored by the Akron law firm of Perantinides and Nolan.