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Ginny Lee, Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year, Honored at Pro Bono Paralegal Day Reception

GinnyLeeJudgeTaubmanOn Thursday, May 2, 2013, the CBA Paralegal Committee held its annual awards dinner, the Pro Bono Paralegal Day Reception, where the Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year is honored. This year’s Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year is Ginny Lee, a paralegal at Kennedy Childs, P.C., who volunteers for CASA in Jefferson and Gilpin counties. Judge Daniel Taubman of the Colorado Court of Appeals delivered the award to Ms. Lee.

Ms. Lee has devoted more than 1,500 hours as a CASA volunteer since 2004. As a Court-Appointed Special Advocate, she appears in court and speaks on the behalf of abused and neglected children. She also assists with recruiting new volunteers for CASA. In 2010, Ms. Lee was named a 7Everyday Hero by 7News for her work with CASA.

The Paralegal of the Year Award honors the paralegal whose efforts best exhibit a commitment to pro bono activities, serving the indigent with legal assistance in times of need. In recognition of her award a $1,000 donation will be made to a pro bono organization of Ms. Lee’s choice in her name. The award was started by the Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association in 2002.

Ginny Lee Named Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year

Pro Bono Paralegal_Lee, GinnyGinny Lee has been named the Colorado Bar Association and the Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association’s 2013 Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year.

Lee has worked as a nurse paralegal, focusing on medical malpractice, with Kennedy Childs for 16 years.

Since 2004, she has volunteered more than 1,500 hours as a CASA volunteer, or Court Appointed Special Advocate, in Jefferson and Gilpin counties.  As a CASA volunteer, Lee appears in court and speaks on behalf of child victims in abuse and neglect cases. Lee is known for her willingness to travel and always make herself available to the children she advocates for.

“I’m honored to be recognized as the Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year,” Lee said. “Entering a courtroom as a child can be scary or confusing. As a CASA volunteer, I’m glad that I can use what I know professionally to explain to them what’s going on, and I can be there for them as a support system — in or out of court.”

Additionally, Lee assists CASA with recruiting new volunteers.

“Ginny is a model volunteer for our organization, and the children we serve are the true beneficiaries of her hard work and dedication,” said CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties Executive Director Leah Varnell. “Her motivation is to improve the lives of others, inspire hope for the future and speak for child victims who cannot speak for themselves.”

In 2010, Lee was named a 7Everyday Hero by 7News for her dedicated advocacy for abused and neglected children. She is an active member of the Colorado Association of Legal Support Staff and the Mile High Association of Legal Support Staff.

Lee will be honored on two occasions: on Monday, April 8, at the Colorado Supreme Court Pro Bono Recognition Ceremony at the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center, and on Thursday, May 2, at the Paralegal Day Reception at the Warwick Hotel.

The Paralegal of the Year Award honors the paralegal whose efforts best exhibit a commitment to pro bono activities, serving the indigent with legal assistance in times of need. In recognition of her award a $1,000 donation will be made to a pro bono organization of Lee’s choice in her name. The award was started by the Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association in 2002.

Nominate Your Favorite Paralegal for the Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 is the deadline for nominations for the 2013 Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award. Any Colorado paralegal can be nominated for the award; the recipient will be honored at the Colorado Paralegal Day reception on May 2, 2013. The recipient will also be honored by the Colorado Supreme Court in April.

The nomination form is available on the CBA website. Completed nomination forms should be submitted to Lauren Eisenbach. Forms must include contact information for the nominee and the nominating individual, as well as a short description of the paralegal’s activities that qualify him or her for the Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year award.

Nominations will be evaluated by a panel of judges and community members. Nominees will be evaluated on whether they have assisted in providing legal services to people who could not otherwise afford those services, whether the nominee enhanced the provision of pro bono services to the community, whether the nominee exhibits a true dedication to pro bono work, and the quality of the legal services provided. It will not be a quantitative evaluation but rather will focus on dedication to furthering pro bono legal services.

For more information about the 2013 Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award, click here. For the nomination form, click here.