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Local attorneys honored for volunteer legal work

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@www.southwesttimes.com

CHRISTIANSBURG — A Pulaski County attorney and seven other of his local colleagues recently were honored for volunteering legal services to low-income Virginians.

T. Rodman Layman of Crowell, Nuckols, Layman & Aust in Pulaski was singled out for special honors along with Karen L. Blank, who is assistant general counsel for the Virginia Tech Foundation. However, other Pulaski County attorneys recognized were Byron Shankman, Everett Shockley and J. Robert Vaughan of Dublin, and Suzanne Bowen, Marc LeBlanc, Spencer Rygas and R. David Warburton of Pulaski.

Southwest Virginia Legal Aid recognized the attorneys during a Pro Bono Reception held in Christiansburg. Other attorneys in the New River Valley also were recognized.

Layman has volunteered with Legal Aid for almost a quarter century. He has averaged one or more cases per year since the early 1990s.

Larry T. Harley, executive director of Southwest Virginia Legal Aid, said Layman’s and Blank’s efforts to serve low-income clients “exemplify the private bar’s commitment to equal access to justice.”

According to Southwest Virginia Legal Aid, studies show that four of five low-income Americans are unable to obtain the legal assistance they need despite there being civil legal aid programs in all states.

Other New River Valley attorneys recognized for their pro bono work over the past year were:

BLACKSBURG: Bettye Ackerman, Mark Anderson, H. Gregory Campbell, Stephanie Cox, Tracy Neyhart, Jaime Rebkovich, John Robertson, Christopher A. Tuck and Janet Tuckwiller;

CHRISTIANSBURG: John S. Huntington, Wade McNichols, David T. Mullins, Dennis Nagel, Anthony Needham and Jennifer Wolz;

PEARISBURG: James Hartley;

RADFORD: C. Barry Anderson and Alan Stratton;

ROANOKE: Mona Raza; and

WYTHEVILLE: Terri Bowles and Robin Kegley.

Formed in 1972, Southwest Virginia Legal Aid provides free civil legal assistance to low-income families in 17 counties and four cities in southwestern Virginia. To learn more about the work of Legal Aid, to volunteer services as an attorney or to see if you are eligible for legal help, call 276-783-8300 or visit www.svlas.org.

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