Pro Bono

April 22, 2021

FormanWatkins Team Helps Pro Bono Client Reacquire Property

Jackson-based attorneys Nick Giallourakis and Ruth Maron Huskey successfully represented a pro bono client in reacquiring ownership of his property after it was sold to a loan company at a state tax sale.  Giallourakis and Huskey negotiated with the loan company to allow their client to reacquire the property at a fraction of the amount initially demanded by the loan company and for an amount much less than the appraised value of the land.  The pro bono client and his family were able to stay on the subject property throughout the process, which began in August 2018 and ended in February 2021.  Huskey and Giallourakis initially worked with Mission First, one of Forman Watkins’ longstanding pro bono partners.  

March 8, 2021

FormanWatkins Releases 2020 Pro Bono & Civic Engagement Report

FormanWatkins released its 2020 Pro Bono & Civic Engagement Report today. The Firm’s pro bono efforts are led by our Pro Bono Committee, whose members include: Alison McMinn, Courtney Hunt, Erin Latuso, Julian Miller, Margaret McLaughlin, Mimi Arthur, Mitch McGuffey, Nicole Diesa, and Vernon McFarland.  Thank you to all team members involved with these cases, it truly makes a difference! We’re happy for you to share our mission, you may download a PDF by clicking here: FormanWatkins Pro Bono in Review_2020

February 4, 2021

FormanWatkins Awards 17 Attorneys with Pro Bono Recognition for Service in 2020

FormanWatkins’ Pro Bono Committee recently unveiled the new Pro Bono Star, a badge which honors our attorneys who dedicated 25 or more pro bono hours in 2020. Congratulations to the 17 attorneys receiving this inaugural recognition! The Pro Bono Star will be awarded annually to attorneys meeting or exceeding the Firm’s pro bono goals for the year.

November 5, 2020

FormanWatkins Lawyers Win Permanent Status for Pro Bono Immigration Client

New Orleans attorneys Tim Gray, Michelle Roy, Margaret McLaughlin, and Jordan Nixon recently prevailed in an appeal of a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Order denying Special Juvenile Immigrant Status to a minor child, originally from Guatemala. The effect of the win is that the child is now entitled to apply for and receive permanent resident status. This win follows wins on behalf of her two sisters, also FormanWatkins Pro Bono clients, who prevailed in their asylum claims.

October 28, 2020

FormanWatkins Observes Pro Bono Week

  We invite you to review our 2020 Pro Bono Highlights below or click here for a PDF.   FormanWatkins encourages its attorneys to do meaningful pro bono work that serves the communities in which we live and work.  For more information on our commitment to pro bono service, please visit our page here.

March 3, 2020

FormanWatkins Releases 2019 Pro Bono & Civic Engagement Report

FormanWatkins released its 2019 Pro Bono & Civic Engagement Report today. The Firm’s pro bono efforts are led by our Pro Bono Committee, whose members include: Alison McMinn, Courtney Hunt, Erin Latuso, Julian Miller, Margaret McLaughlin, Mimi Arthur, Mitch McGuffey, Nicole Diesa, and Vernon McFarland.

October 23, 2019

National Pro Bono Week

Happy National Pro Bono Week! So far in 2019…. Our pro bono successes include: Two partners winning asylum for an Iraqi Christian family; Two associates successfully defending a juvenile in a youth court trial; Spearheading a Veterans information and resources clinic; and Co-hosting a pro se clinic at the Hinds County Chancery Court. Our current pro bono projects include: Partnering with the Mississippi College of Law Education Clinic to represent students in school discipline and special education cases; 11 attorneys across three offices working on appeals for two juveniles sentenced to life without parole; Co-hosting another Veteran’s information and resources clinic in November; and Over 100 hours (and counting!) responding to the needs of recently detained immigrants. FormanWatkins encourages its attorneys to do meaningful pro bono work that serves the communities in which we live and work.  For more information on our commitment to pro bono service, please visit our page here.

October 8, 2019

Date Set for Fall Session of Monmouth County Veterans Information and Resources Clinic in New Jersey

The Monmouth County Veterans Information and Resources Clinic will be taking place Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Monmouth University.  This is the third Veterans clinic organized by the Monmouth Bar Association.  The introductory clinic was successfully held in November of 2018, which led to hosting a Spring clinic in March of 2019.  Please refer to the flyer below for services that will be provided at the November 2 clinic, and be sure to pass the information along to local New Jersey Veterans.

September 26, 2019

McGuffey and Smith Win Asylum for Iraqi Christian Family

Mitch McGuffey and Peyton Smith successfully represented a family of five Iraqi Christians seeking asylum in the United States. The family fled from northern Iraq in fall of 2014 to escape ISIS and persecution on account of their religious beliefs. Mitch and Peyton drafted asylum briefs for each member of the family and represented them at their merits hearing in the New Orleans Immigration Court, where they were granted asylum. The firm is proud to have represented the family and prouder still that they can remain in the United States. The case was referred to FormanWatkins initially through its pro bono partnership with Catholic Charities of Jackson. Later, immigration attorney Amelia McGowan moved to a new position with another FormanWatkins pro bono partner, Mississippi Center for Justice. Amelia provided invaluable knowledge and support. The Firm’s Jackson attorneys are currently representing several other asylum seekers through its partnership with MCJ.