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2006 Pro Bono Award Recipients

Currey Cook-2006 Pro Bono Public Sector Attorney Award Recipient
Currey Cook has provided pro bono immigration legal services more than half of his legal career. As an attorney with the Office of Public Advocacy and the first recipient of the Public Sector Pro Bono award, Currey is no stranger to helping others. His introduction to pro bono immigration representation began when he represented an asylum seeker fleeing persecution from Mexico. Since that time, he has successfully represented three additional asylum seekers.

Currey was also instrumental in creating the Special Immigrant Juvenile Project devoted to providing pro bono representation to undocumented immigrant children who have been abused and neglected. Since the implementation of the Project, 12 children have been granted legal residency in the United States.

Currey works and plays hard. His job share arrangement at the Office of Public Advocacy has allowed his extensive world travel to document humanity through his photography. His most recent trip to Brazil yielded colorful and poignant images of vibrant Brazilian life which were unveiled and sold at a First Friday event which helped raise funds for the newly formed Alaska Immigration Justice Project.

Paul Paslay-2006 Pro Bono Solo Practitioner Award Recipient
Paul Paslay is a first of many for Alaska Legal Services Corporation: A chartering volunteer for their pro bono program and legal clinic instructors.

For more than a decade, Paul has been teaching the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy clinics in Anchorage and represents an average of eight (8) pro bono clients per year. Distance, timing and location have never been a problem for him; he is one of the few volunteers willing to help clients who live in rural Alaska. More than once, he has been a mentor to other attorneys and to ALSC staff attorneys.

In just one year, Paul assisted over 30 people through clinics and representation in court. He has donated countless hours helping clients in rural Alaska and has demonstrated that consistency and dedication go hand in hand. Cumulatively, Paul has assisted over 70 clients through representation in the last few years and hundreds more through the clinics.

Dorsey & Whitney-2006 Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year Award Recipient
The law firm of Dorsey & Whitney has been selected to receive the 2006 Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year Award for its never-ending support of equal access to justice in Alaska.

In just one year, Dorsey & Whitney's attorneys reported over 900 hours of pro bono work through Alaska Legal Services Corporation. As a firm culture, however, Dorsey & Whitney's Anchorage office deservedly prides itself on 100% pro bono participation from every staff member-from the front desk to the corner office-and recommits itself each year to helping Alaskans in need.

Their innovation and approach to pro bono is outstanding. The firm is responsible for reviving a partnership with Alaska Legal Services Corporation to deliver the very effective "Attorney of the Day Project". 52 times a year you would find at least one Dorsey & Whitney attorney housed in the ALSC library assisting clients and honing their skills in poverty law. They've since inspired another firm to join the project.

Dorsey & Whitney's strong pro bono program and presence is driven by attorney John Treptow. John's commitment to equal justice in Alaska has spearheaded efforts to make pro bono participation by public sector attorneys easier, created a lunch model format for increased law firm participation and mobilized his firm to start, continue and grow the "Attorney of the Day Project" at Alaska Legal Services Corporation.

Our deep and sincere thanks to John Treptow and all the outstanding attorneys and staff at Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

 

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