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TAMPA LAW FIRM TO RECEIVE COMMENDATION FOR PRO BONO WORK


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 14, 2013
CONTACT:
Dorohn A. Frazier; dfrazier@flabar.org,
The Florida Bar
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The law firm of Clark & Washington, P.C., of Tampa, is the 2013 Law Firm Commendation recipient. The award honors significant contributions in the delivery of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis. The commendation will be presented at a Jan. 31 ceremony at the Supreme Court of Florida by Chief Justice Ricky Polston.

The law firm is one of the largest filers of bankruptcies in the southeastern United States, with offices in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. It provides counsel and support to individuals facing trying financial times and focuses exclusively on personal bankruptcy, specializing in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases. Emory L. Clark co-founded the firm in 1983.

Since its inception, the law firm has striven to help as many people as possible achieve a brighter financial future. This is evident in their lawyers' strong presence in various community organizations and in their large pro bono case load.

The Tampa location was opened in January 2008. It has five attorneys and eight staff members, led by managing attorney Glenn E. Gallagher. Last year, the Tampa office took 42 referrals cases. Twelve of the cases were referred by the Bay Area Volunteer Lawyers Program.

In 2011, the firm’s Tampa attorneys handled 60 pro bono cases, donating 300 hours. In 2009 the firm offered to accept all pro bono cases referred to it from the BAVLP and the Tampa Bay Hispanic Bar Association. That act significantly reduced the backlog of bankruptcy cases awaiting placement.

This year's awards ceremony, which also honors individual, circuit, voluntary bar, young lawyer and judicial pro bono efforts, is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 31, at 3:30 p.m. at the Supreme Court of Florida. The program will be broadcast taped-delayed at a later date. Check local cable listings for details and on the Internet at http://wfsu.org/gavel2gavel.

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[Revised: 01-15-2013]