Butzel Long receives the Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year Award from the Legal Aid and Defender Association

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long recently received the Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year “Laddy” Award from the Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. (LADA). The Legal Aid and Defender Association is the largest provider of legal services to low- and moderate-income people in Michigan and one of the largest in the nation. The firm was honored for the work it did on a comprehensive reorganization it did on LADA’s structure and services.

Throughout its more than 160 years, Butzel Long has a long and distinguished history of public service, particularly assisting clients who could otherwise not afford legal representation. Providing quality pro bono legal services is a priority for Butzel Long. The firm’s lawyers, from the newest associate to members of the Board of Directors, use their expertise and training to make a difference each year, providing thousands of hours to those in need through a wide range of programs and relationships.

Butzel Long and LADA have a longstanding tradition of matching firm attorneys with clients who could otherwise not afford legal representation. Dozens of Butzel Long attorneys have participated in the annual Detroit Legal Services Pro Bono Clinic.

Butzel Long attorneys and shareholders Arthur Dudley II and Mark R. Lezotte accepted the award on behalf of the firm. Dudley is Vice Chair of the Board of the Southeastern Michigan Administrative Services Group, the parent company of LADA and two other Legal Aid nonprofit corporations. Lezotte co-chairs Butzel Long’s Pro Bono Committee. Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Thomas L. Shaevsky, along with Lezotte, was integral in the pro bono work the firm did for LADA on reorganizing their structure and services.

“Butzel Long is honored to receive LADA’s recognition,” said Dudley. “We are proud of the firm’s dedication to pro bono work and truly appreciate the services LADA provides to our community.”

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