Legal Aid and Defender presents 2015-2016 'Laddy' awards


– Photos by John Meiu

DETROIT — Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. (LAD) presented its 2015-2016  “Laddy” awards Oct. 13 in the historic chief judge’s courtroom of the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse.

The awards honored members of the legal community for their pro bono service to LAD clients.

“It’s now a moment for the legal stars of our community to shine,” said Judge Paul D. Borman of U.S. District Court for Eastern Michigan, who presided over the awards ceremony.

Award winners were:

• Pro Bono Attorney of the Year — Maynard L. Timm, retired, General Motors Co., and Teresa H. Sharp, Foley & Mansfield PLLP   

• Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year — Dykema and Butzel Long

• Kelvin W. Scott Pro Bono Corporation of the Year — General Motors Co. and Michigan Association of Professional Court Reporters

• Pro Bono Spirit — Joseph A. Doerr, Doerr Law Firm; Kathleen G. Galen, Law Offices of Kathleen G. Galen; Judge B. Pennie Millender, 36th District Court; Jonathan E. Osgood, Ford Motor Co.; and Kathleen Parakh, Parakh Law

• Frank D. Eaman Warrior of Justice — Margaret S. Raben, Gurewitz & Raben PLC

• Ed Pokorny Pioneer of Justice — Samuel J. Churikian and Richard M. Lynch, Third Judicial Circuit Court Office of the General Counsel.

• Friend of LAD — Cynthia Thomas Walker, chief judge, 50th District Court and Linda Caurdy Bess, William Beaumont.

LAD also awarded Pangborn Pins for 50 hours or more of pro bono service to: Heather L. Bendure, Grosse Pointe Law Center PLLC; Laura Bradshaw Tucker, Gwinn Taurianinen PLLC; Kelly R. Houk, Dykema Gossett PLLC; Brittany D. Parling, Jones Day; Eric S. Polan, solo practitioner; Teresa H. Sharp, Foley & Mansfield PLLP; Maynard L. Timm, retired, General Motors Co.; and Ellen Kaiwne Wu, formerly of Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone PLC.

“We couldn’t do what we do without you,” said LAD President and CEO Deierdre L. Weir.

LAD is metropolitan Detroit’s premier public service law firm, serving residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, including the city of Detroit.

“We work with clients in a comprehensive manner, so that as we solve their legal problems, we help solve other problems as well,” Weir said. “We help people rebuild their lives and help families stay together.”

Anyone seeking legal services can call (877) 964-4700 or visit