Rakow, Smith and Twarog to Receive 2018 Pro Bono Award


               The Vermont Bar Association Board proudly announces that three lawyers will receive the 2018  Pro Bono Service Award at the VBA’s Mid-Year meeting on March 23, 2018.  The attorneys to be honored are Eugene Rakow and S. Scott Smith, both of Rutland, and Frank J. Twarog of Burlington.

Eugene Rakow is a solo practitioner in Rutland.  He is being recognized for his work as a guardian ad litem and attorney for children in Rutland Family Division where he has taken over 30 volunteer assignments.  Judge Cortland Corsones, in nominating Rakow, wrote: “Gene never hesitates to take the toughest cases that we have. His representation of children gives them a voice in what would otherwise be a bewildering process for them.”

S. Scott Smith is also a solo practitioner in Rutland.  He was nominated by Attorney Maggie Frye for his work as a volunteer attorney with the rent escrow clinic in Rutland Civil Division.  Scott is also a veteran participant in the Rutland Pilot Project, a local low bono project.  Attorney Frye wrote that Smith “…always makes himself available to other volunteers helping at the clinic and provides valuable strategic advice on cases and helping with everyone’s work load.”

Frank J. Twarog is with the firm of Murdoch Hughes & Twarog in Burlington.  He was nominated by Kim Jordan, a legal advocate at Steps to End Domestic Violence, for his volunteer work with survivors of domestic violence.  Ms. Jordan wrote “Frank’s legal representation has made a world of difference in helping domestic violence survivors feel safe, heard, and on their way to an independent, sustainable life for them and their children.”

The Pro Bono Service awards will be presented at the VBA’s Mid-Year Meeting luncheon at the Doubletree (formerly the Sheraton) in South Burlington, Vermont.  View the flyer HERE.