YLS Awards 2014 Pro Bono Publico Awards

The 2014 awardees are:

Lindsay Runnels
Morgan Pilate, LLC
Kansas City

Courtney A. Wachal
Kansas City Office of Municipal Prosecutors
Kansas City

Step Up for Women
(Project of Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City)
Kansas City 

YLS presents three annual Pro Bono Publico awards. One award is given to a member of the Missouri Bar in practice less than four (4) years, and a second award is given to a member of the Young Lawyers' Section of The Missouri Bar in practice more than four (4). The third award is given to an organization or firm that actively encourages its employees and/or members, particularly its young or newly admitted lawyers, to provide pro bono services.  The awards rotate between St. Louis, Kansas City, and outstate Missouri areas, based on where the Bar's September annual meeting is held. (i.e., if the meeting is held in Kansas City, a Kansas City area attorneys and firms are recognized; if the meeting is held in outstate Missouri, out-state attorneys and firms are recognized, and so on.) The awards for 2013 will be given to persons or organizations in outstate Missouri, since the Annual Meeting is in Columbia this year.

Individual attorneys who do not obtain their income delivering legal services to the poor are eligible. Small and large law firms, government attorney offices, corporate law departments and other institutions in the legal profession whose members have collectively made an outstanding contribution toward one of the award’s criteria are also eligible. The awardees will be selected from those who have excelled in one or more of the following ways:

  • demonstrated dedication to the development and delivery of legal services to the poor through a pro bono program;
  • contributed significant work toward developing innovative approaches to delivery of volunteer legal services;
  • participated in an activity which resulted in satisfying previously unmet needs or in extending services to underserved segments of the population;
  • successfully litigated pro bono cases that favorably affected the provision of other services to the poor; and
  • successfully achieved legislation that contributed substantially to legal services to the poor. Members of the YLS Council are ineligible to receive the Pro Bono Award during the members’ term.