Three Lawyers to be Honored with VBA Pro Bono Award

The Vermont Bar Association proudly announces that it will present its annual Pro Bono Service Award to three Vermont attorneys at its mid-year meeting.  Pauline Law, Lila Shapero and Salvatore Spinosa are this year’s honorees.
Pauline Law is an associate at Gravel and Shea in Burlington.  She is being recognized for her work over several years with indigent refugees in need of guardianship in Vermont Probate Division. According to Judge Nancy Waples, who nominated her, Attorney Law brings “deep sympathy for individuals attempting to navigate the legal system despite their limited English proficiency.”  
Lila Shapero is being recognized for her career-long work with Women Helping Battered Women, Chittenden Domestic Violence Task Force, the Vermont Bar Foundation and more recently, the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program and VBA’s Pro Bono Conference.  She was nominated by Attorney Judy Dickson who said “Lila has used her legal skills, her compassion and ability to work collaboratively to further the legal rights and services for low-income Vermonters.”
Salvatore Spinosa of Waitsfield is being recognized for establishing and volunteering his time at the Environmental Division’s Free Legal Clinic.  Judges Thomas Durkin and Thomas Walsh nominated Sal, noting “his efforts improve the quality of the Division’s work, educate and comfort many participating individuals and are a key aspect of resolving environmental and land use disputes in Vermont.”
The Pro Bono Service awards will be presented on March 31 at the VBA’s luncheon meeting at the Equinox in Manchester, Vermont.  To learn more about the mid-year meeting or to register for the meeting, click HERE!