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2012 William J. Lasarow Awards Honor Bankruptcy Pro Bono Volunteers

Public Counsel President/CEO Hernan Vera, Hon. William J. Lasarow, Public Counsel Senior Staff Attorney Magdalena Reyes Bordeaux, and Hon. Thomas B. Donovan celebrate Judge Lasarow's 90th birthday.

The 2012 William J. Lasarow Awards Ceremony is an annual pro bono awards presentation to recognize the outstanding contributions of bankruptcy pro bono volunteers.

Public Counsel, the nation’s largest pro bono law firm, honors volunteers for donating their time to make access to justice a reality for individuals and families who have nowhere else to turn for legal assistance and representation.

Public Counsel and the pro bono partner programs  assist close to 8,000 unrepresented litigants a year and tonight the Lasarow Awards presentation celebrates this remarkable accomplishment that would not be possible without the participation of pro bono bankruptcy attorneys.

Public Counsel Senior Staff Attorney Magdalena Reyes Bordeaux, who manages Public Counsel’ Debtor Assistance Project, opened the ceremony and had delivered opening remarks. Hernán Vera, President and CEO of Public Counsel, then opened the ceremony, and the Honorable Vincent P. Zurzolo presented the prestigious Lasarow awards to pro bono attorneys from each division in the Central District of California.

Attendees also celebrated the 90th birthday of the awards' namesake, former bankruptcy judge William J. Lasarow.

Photos of the event are available here.