Nelson Mullins Recognizes Six Attorneys for Pro Bono Work
(March 22, 2016)–Six Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP attorneys have earned the 2015 Claude M. Scarborough Awards Pro Bono Awards for their outstanding commitment and contributions to pro bono work.
Washington policy advisor Connie Myers earned the recognition for her work with the South Carolina Business Commission (SCBC), an organization she founded working closely with members of the South Carolina Congressional Delegation and their staffs. It is a bipartisan forum for education and dialogue that seeks to bring together key leaders in Washington who represent the interests of their companies. The SCBC also helps advance the interests of the impoverished in South Carolina by forging partnerships that promise to have a lasting positive impact throughout the state.
Atlanta partner Greg Taube was recognized for his role in the development of the new Atlanta Bar Association Bankruptcy Section Pro Bono Program in conjunction with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia. In this program, bankruptcy judges identify pro se parties in adversary proceedings who would likely benefit from representation. Mr. Taube also participates in the Reaffirmation Project developed by the Bankruptcy Section of the Atlanta Bar Association in collaboration with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society. The Reaffirmation Project provides free counseling to unrepresented debtors seeking to enter into reaffirmation agreements.
Charlotte partner Wells Hall was recognized for coordinating the American Bar Association Adopt a Base program in partnership with the U.S. Armed Forces and the IRS. The ABA recruits law firms to teach a military Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) on 10 military installations across the country through the program. Mr. Hall coordinates with the IRS and attorney volunteers for bases located at Fort Bragg, N.C.; Sumter, S.C.; Fort Gordon, Ga.; and Charleston, S.C. Mr. Hall and several Nelson Mullins attorneys spend a week training service members to become volunteer return preparers through VITA. VITA is provided so military members have access to free tax preparation.
Columbia associate Miles Coleman was recognized for participating in the Firm’s Appellate Project in South Carolina. He worked closely with the Chief Appellate Defender at the Commission on Indigent Defense to create the pilot project. Mr. Coleman has handled appellate defense cases over the past four years. He has argued before the Court of Appeals twice on behalf of indigent defendants. In addition, Mr. Coleman has filed amici briefs in the Tenth Circuit, the Seventh Circuit, and the Fourth Circuit on issues relating to religious freedom and traditional family values. He has argued before the Supreme Court and drafted and filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court for an arts and crafts company on behalf of 42 clients, mostly evangelical theologians. He also has worked with a local nonprofit on its adoption procedures to assist the agency with furthering its goal of assisting families with faith-based adoption services. He also participates in the Wills for Heroes Program.
Nashville associate Nina Kumar was recognized for volunteering mediation services at the Nashville Conflict Resolution Center. She assists families unable to pay for a mediator in family court issues and helps them create parenting plans. As part of the national Clemency Project 2014, she reviewed two clemency applications for prisoners seeking clemency. She was a team member on Georgia Appleseed Race and Law Project and assisted with conducting stakeholder interviews in Georgia.
As a Young Lawyer Division officer of the Tennessee Bar Association she supported the Wills for Heroes Project through the Tennessee Bar and attended numerous statewide Saturday clinics in 2015 to prepare wills and powers of attorney for first responders.
Columbia associate Keith Poston was recognized for his years of work with the Pro Bono Program. In 2015, he had approximately 20 active files assisting Habitat for Humanity with bankruptcy and foreclosure matters, and he attended numerous Wills for Heroes events. Additionally, he assisted on many guardianship cases in probate court to ensure that parents or caregivers become the legal guardians for special needs youth who are transitioning to adulthood. Mr. Poston also helped a mother involved in a custody dispute in family court. He attends the HELP Homeless Clinic and represents homeless individuals with a variety of legal issues.
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