FAIRFAX, Va., June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Blankingship & Keith, P.C. is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the Pro Bono Firm of the Year by Legal Services of Northern Virginia. This year's award was presented at the Annual Northern Virginia Pro Bono Reception on June 6, 2013 at the Alexandria Courthouse.
The award recognizes B&K's broad commitment to pro bono efforts. Over the past year, B&K lawyers and staff have handled a diverse array of cases and representation of indigent and "not for profit" clients. Notable representation includes the firm's participation in the "Attorney of the Day" program, representing domestic violence victims. Numerous members of the firm have successfully obtained dozens of protective orders for abused family members over the last year. Additionally, B&K lawyers have handled contested custody cases on behalf of indigent clients. Several of its attorneys have also participated in LSNV's housing clinic and uncontested divorce clinics. B&K's pro bono efforts extend to their transactional attorneys as well. B&K lawyers have provided corporate advice to a not for profit organization dedicated to helping veterans with disabilities find employment.
The firm has played an integral role in supporting, the "Pro Bono Hotline" for Northern Virginia and the "Ask- A-Lawyer" program, both joint ventures between legal aid organizations and the Young Lawyer's Division of the Virginia Bar Association. These hotlines were held at the offices of Blankingship & Keith, P.C. and facilitated advice and counsel for over 100 indigent clients.
Jim Ferguson, the Executive Director of LSNV complimented B&K on its pro bono efforts throughout the past year, "Blankingship & Keith, P.C.'s dedication to pro bono work on behalf of indigent clients serves as a model to law firms across the Northern Virginia and we are grateful for their commitment to access to justice for all individuals. B&K Partner Dan Ortiz accepted the award on behalf of the firm: "We are honored to be recognized for our efforts and commit to strengthen our longstanding relationship with LSNV."
Legal Services of Northern Virginia is a not-for-profit public interest law firm that provides free legal assistance to low-income residents of Northern Virginia. Its mission is to promote justice by providing free, high-quality legal advocacy and information for elderly, disabled, and low-income individuals and families who face the loss of a critical need, such as personal safety, income, housing, medical benefits, education, or family stability.
About Blankingship & Keith, P.C.
Since its founding in 1979, Blankingship & Keith's priority has been its clients. Blankingship & Keith has 19 partners and 28 lawyers overall handling virtually every aspect of civil practice, including commercial litigation, personal injury, real estate, family law, education law, business, trusts & estates, and tax, from its offices in Fairfax and Prince William counties.
Contact: Chris Webster, 1-703-691-1235, CWebster@bklawva.com
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