2004 Pro Bono Award Recipients
Please join us in congratulating the 2004 Pro Bono Award recipients: Dan Rodgers, Jonathon Katcher and the law firm of Ashburn & Mason. This year?s recipients were presented by Justice Alex Bryner at the Annual Business meeting at the convention.
Dan Rodgers - Dan has volunteered with the Pro Bono Asylum Project since 1999. He has successfully represented six clients from El Salvador and Colombia who fled their countries of origin because of persecution and torture. All have achieved lawful status in the United States. He is currently representing a client from Ethiopia. In addition to volunteering hundreds of hours to the Project, he has used his own financial resources to meet with clients in Fairbanks and Kodiak.
Jonathon Katcher - Jonathon has donated hundreds of hours to ALSC, APBP, and ADVSA clients. He has represented victims of domestic violence and other individuals that would otherwise go unrepresented in Family Law matters. Jon is so committed to pro bono services that he will go out of the way to help recruit other attorneys and even place some cases on behalf of the four pro bono agencies. Last year, he assisted five ALSC clients and donated over 100 hours.
The law firm of Ashburn & Mason - Bill Saupe began work with the Pro Bono Asylum Project in 1999 and has since volunteered hundreds of hours representing three Salvadorans and one client from the Gambia fleeing persecution in their countries of origin. He has used his own financial resources to fly to Kodiak to meet clients and paid the immigration filing fees for his clients of which three have successfully received legal status in the United States. In 2003, Ashburn & Mason agreed to implement the Special Immigrant Juvenile Project to provide pro bono representation to undocumented immigrant children who have been abused, neglected and abandoned and need immigration documents to prevent their deportation. They are currently working with two children who have extremely complicated immigration cases. Bill Cummings and Dani Crosby, firm members of Ashburn & Mason, have also worked dozens of hours with children to secure their immigration status in the U.S. Dani has also represented victims of Domestic Violence through the ALSC pro bono program. It?s not just clients the firm extends their generosity. They also have donated office space and resources to the Alaska Pro Bono Program and assisted ALSC with their annual Robert Hickerson Partners in Justice Campaign.