Congratulations to the 2016 Law Day Award Winners
By Ana de Alba, Pro Bono Services Section Chair, Lang, Richert & Patch
Pro Bono Attorney of the Year — Robert C. Abrams (Law '08)
Central California Legal Services and the Pro Bono Services Section of the Fresno County Bar Association are proud to name Robert C. Abrams as the 2016 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year.
Mr. Abrams’ relentless pursuit of justice on behalf of low income claimants is admirable. Although he is an attorney at Pascuzzi, Pascuzzi & Stoker practicing primarily in the area of real estate transactions and civil litigation, he is a regular volunteer at CCLS’ monthly Workers’ Rights Clinic. At the WRC, Mr. Abrams helps claimants understand their legal rights as they relate to wage and hour law, sexual harassment in the workplace, and workers’ compensation. In addition to volunteering at the monthly clinic, Mr. Abrams is part of CCLS’ Voluntary Legal Services Program (“VLSP”) and is considered a “go-to” pro bono resource for real estate legal issues, many of which include elder abuse and fraud related to real property. His deep commitment to helping low income claimants makes him quite worthy of this recognition.
Pro Bono Firm of the Year — Palmer Kucera, LLP
Central California Legal Services and the Pro Bono Services Section of the Fresno County Bar Association are proud to name Palmer Kucera, LLP as the 2016 Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year.
Although one of the Valley's newest law firms, partners Charles ("Charlie") M. Palmer (Law '13) and Andrew S. Kucera (Law '13) have made a commitment to give back to the community through pro bono legal services to low-income clients.
Charlie, a probate, trusts and estates attorney, was a founding volunteer of the monthly Fresno Veterans' Center Legal Clinic. In addition to representing pro bono individual clients in probate matters, Mr. Palmer is a regular volunteer at the annual Veterans Stand Down and SJCL Senior Citizens Law Day legal clinics. Mr. Kucera, who practices business, real estate, elder law, and estate planning, volunteers at the Fresno Veterans' Center Legal Clinic drafting estate planning documents for veterans.
Palmer Kucera LLP exemplifies that a firm of any size can have a meaningful impact upon the lives of others.
Please join us in congratulating Mr. Abrams and Palmer Kucera, LLP at our annual Law Day luncheon May 6, 2016.
Liberty Bell Award — Mark J. Masters
The Liberty Bell Award seeks to recognize someone who has improved our system of justice through work in the community. The Fresno County Bar Association can think of no more deserving person for this award than Mark J. Masters.
Mr. Masters, a graduate of Loyola Law School, is the Reference Librarian at the Fresno County Public Law Library. For years, in partnership with the Law Library and CCLS, Mr. Masters has conducted a monthly guardianship clinic for pro per litigants. Recently, through a new grant, the guardianship clinic has been expanded to include the Fresno Superior Court as a partner. Additionally, Mr. Masters, in his role as Reference Librarian, on a daily basis assists the public - most of whom are pro per litigants - to help increase their knowledge of, and access to, the law and our legal system.