Northern Kentucky Volunteer Lawyer's Pro Bono Luncheon Honors Chase Graduates

NKVL Pro Bono

The Northern Kentucky Volunteer Lawyers hosted their 35th annual Pro Bono Luncheon honoring attorneys and law students who have devoted time and expertise to assisting the pro bono clients of Northern Kentucky. The NKVL is a cooperative venture between the Northern Kentucky Bar Association and Legal Aid of the Bluegrass.

At the luncheon, a number of NKU Chase College of Law graduates were honored for their service and commitment to the organization.  For dedicating 30 years or more on the pro bono panel and demonstrating career commitment to the panel, the NKVL honored seven attorneys, among whom were Chase graduates J. David Bender '79, John C. "Jack" Fischer '79, John A. Fortner '82, M. Gayle Hoffman '80, and R. Kim Vocke '78.  

The Volunteer Lawyers also awarded an Outstanding Newcomer Award to Pankhuri Hatfield '11.  Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Michelle Keller '90 presented the award to Ms. Hatfield for her dedication to her first pro bono case, which appeared to be a simple divorce case and instead became a complicated, cumbersome divorce filled with assets, debt, disability, social security, etc.  The Volunteer Lawyers honored Ms. Hatfield for her many hours of service to her pro bono client.

The youngest award recipient at the luncheon was Nicholas Maraman, a Chase graduate3 as of May 11, 2013.  Mr. Maraman received the Law Student Award (Public Interest) for his passion and dedication to serving in legal aid and public interest work throughout his law school career.  The luncheon also recognized the many Chase law students who donate time and services to Legal Aid programs and clinics.

All images courtesy of Byron Photography.