Pro Bono

December 11, 2018

Update on the Veterans’ Legal Clinic in New Jersey

On November 17, 2018, New Jersey partners Tom Toman and Nicole Diesa were among the 18+ Monmouth Bar Association (“MBA”) attorneys who volunteered at the Monmouth County Veterans Information and Resources Clinic held at Monmouth University and provided free consultations to Veterans on various legal topics.

November 12, 2018

FormanWatkins is a Proud Participant of Veterans Legal Clinic at Monmouth University in New Jersey

New Jersey partner, Thomas M. Toman Jr., is grateful to be one of the members from the Monmouth Bar Association organizing a new pro bono legal clinic for local Veterans.  The clinic will be held on Saturday, November 17, and will use local attorneys, appearing pro bono, to give legal advice to Veterans on a variety of legal issues.  The Monmouth Bar Association is co-sponsoring the event with Monmouth University.  Additional services will be provided by the Veterans Administration, Monmouth County Veterans Services, and the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, as well as other community Veteran service providers.  The Monmouth County Clerk’s office will also be available on site to provide Veteran identification cards.

October 9, 2018

York Argues Before Fifth Circuit on Behalf of Pro Brono Client

Benton York represented an indigent prisoner seeking medical care at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The prisoner represented himself at the trial court, and the Fifth Circuit ordered that pro bono counsel be appointed for his appeal. As an approved member of the Fifth Circuit’s Pro Bono Panel, Benton was selected to handle the appeal. Benton drafted the appellate briefing and argued the appeal before the Fifth Circuit. The firm has numerous attorneys who served as appellate court clerks and is proud to provide legal services for indigent litigants through the multiple FormanWatkins attorneys who have been approved for the Fifth Circuit’s Pro Bono Panel.

August 1, 2018

Courtney Hunt Successfully Represented a Guatemalan Woman Seeking Asylum in the United States

Courtney Hunt successfully represented a Guatemalan woman seeking asylum in the United States.  The basis of the asylum claim was persecution that the client had suffered on account of an imputed political opinion.  The firm drafted the client’s asylum brief and represented her at her hearing in the Memphis Immigration Court.  The case was referred to Forman Watkins through its pro bono partnership with Catholic Charities in Jackson, whose immigration attorney Amelia McGowan provided invaluable support.  The firm’s Jackson attorneys are currently representing several other asylum seekers through this partnership.  

May 21, 2018

Vernon McFarland Honored with 2017 Pro Bono Service Award

The Capital Area Bar Association (CABA) recently held their annual Evening Honoring the Judiciary at the Country Club of Jackson. The dinner not only hosts a keynote speaker but also serves as an opportunity for CABA and Jackson Young Lawyers (JYL) to present their annual awards for outstanding service, pro bono and professionalism. Forman Watkins is extremely proud to have one of its very own presented with the 2017 JYL Pro Bono Service Award, congratulations to Partner Vernon McFarland for this wonderful recognition. Vernon serves on the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee where he shows daily commitment to the growth and expansion of Pro Bono efforts in the Firm and our local communities.

March 21, 2018

2017 Pro Bono and Civic Engagement Annual Report

Click the image below to review the firm’s 2017 Pro Bono and Civic Engagement Annual Report and special thanks to our 2017/2018 Committee members: Alison O’Neal McMinn, Mimi Arthur, Courtney Hunt, Erin Latuso, Vernon McFarland, and Mitch McGuffey.

January 3, 2018

Pro Bono Asylum Case Featured in Louisiana Super Lawyer Magazine

As a follow up from our April 2017 post regarding a pro bono asylum case, Louisiana Super Lawyers magazine published a story in the January 2018 issue featuring Michelle Roy’s work on this case. April 2017: Tim Gray and Michelle Roy of our New Orleans office represented a client, a minor, who fled from Guatemala to the United States with her family in 2015 to escape gang violence and political persecution. The firm sought permanent status for this client as a “Special Juvenile Immigrant” and as a member of a persecuted class entitled to asylum. The firm accepted this pro bono representation through a program sponsored by the Catholic Charities which matches volunteer lawyers with undocumented juvenile children in Louisiana. The firm continues to represent other undocumented minors through this program. We are honored for the featured publication on Michelle’s dedication to this case, you can read the full issue by clicking here. Or read her article here:  

August 4, 2017

Forman Watkins Attorneys & Summer Clerks Lead Legal Clinic

Forman Watkins attorneys and summer clerks recently conducted our second pro se law clinic at the Eudora Welty Library through our partnership with the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project (MVLP). The July clinic allowed our team of 10 attorneys and 5 law clerks to assist with 26 individual matters, providing legal advice to those who qualified for legal assistance through MVLP. In 2017 alone, Forman Watkins attorneys have assisted with 48 individual matters through our partnership with MVLP.

April 24, 2017

Forman Watkins Wins Asylum for Pro Bono Client

Tim Gray and Michelle Roy of our New Orleans office represent a client, a minor, who fled from Guatemala to the United States with her family in 2015 to escape gang violence and political persecution. The firm sought permanent status for this client as a “Special Juvenile Immigrant” and as a member of a persecuted class entitled to asylum. The firm accepted this pro bono representation through a program sponsored by the Catholic Charities which matches volunteer lawyers with undocumented juvenile children in Louisiana. The firm continues to represent other undocumented minors through this program.