WENY News - Local lawyers honored for pro-bono work

Local lawyers honored for pro-bono work

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     ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Chemung County Bar Association held their twenty-third annual pro-bono luncheon this afternoon at Bernie Murray's.

     Nineteen local lawyers were given certificates from Congressman Tom Reed's office.

     Followed by a presentation about the importance of pro-bono. 

     "It's a service," said regional pro-bono coordinator, Michaela Rossettie Azemi. "It's nothing they're obligated to do under the law. They're just doing it because it's for the public good. So it's so important for us as an agency to recognize all that they do and continue to honor them and encourage them to help out because there's still a large gap across the U.S. as far as what we're able to do."

     The presentation allowed lawyers to learn more about new pro-bono updates to better prepare them for future cases.

     "You have to be competent," said You have to be able to know what you're doing. To help a pro-bono client, all the same rules apply.But there are updates in the pro-bono world. So really this was an update to let attorney's know and give them a way to be encouraged to take on new forms of pro-bono."

     The luncheon was organized by the Legal Assistance of Western New York.

     The non-profit helps provide legal assistance to low income residents in 14 western New York Counties.

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