Pro Bono Project presents “Citizens Lawyers in Action” speaker panel

The Wake Forest University School of Law celebrated National Pro Bono Week on Wednesday, Nov. 3, with an exciting event at the law school.  

The Pro Bono Project presented an impressive panel of speakers who shared their experiences in pro bono service.  Entitled, “Citizen Lawyers in Action,” the event featured attorneys Penni Bradshaw, Lorraine Mortis, Michael Wells Jr. (’04), and Georgiana Yonuschot, all of whom have devoted significant time and effort to pro bono efforts in the local community. 

Bradshaw, a partner at Constangy Brooks & Smith, was named the United Way Community Volunteer of the Year in 2007.  Mortis, a sole practitioner in Winston Salem, received the Forsyth County Family Law Attorney of the Year Award from Legal Aid of North Carolina in 2009.  Wells, a member of the Wells Jenkins Lucas and Jenkins firm, was awarded the North Carolina Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Pro Bono Service Award in 2011.  Finally, Yonuschot, who practices at Womble Carlyle in Winton-Salem, received the North Carolina Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Pro Bono Service Award in 2005.

Students were treated to a variety of stories from the panelists, including Yonuschot’s exciting experience working with an international child trafficking project.  Bradshaw shared her experience with civil organizations through her immigration law practice, bringing both together to assist local families with immigration issues. In addition, Wells and Mortis explained their methods for coordinating pro bono efforts with traditional legal work, with both attorneys stressing the need to balance projects and maintain good time management skills.

The Pro Bono Project would like to thank these impressive panelists for their time and participation in making this event a success.