Taft is pleased to honor the following attorneys for their outstanding achievement in pro bono work with its 2022 Pro Bono Awards:
- Sonya Jindal Tork / Private Client and Tax / Cincinnati, for substantial work for the Without A Deed tangled title pro bono project of the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati, and for pro bono work for nonprofit organizations.
- Nadine McSpadden / Litigation / Indianapolis, for wins in an asylum case and in an appeal in a termination of parental rights, as well as her commitment to an Indianapolis pro bono initiative for low-income tenants; and
- Brian Morris / Litigation / Cincinnati, for a significant victory before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, where he challenged juror misconduct in a habeas proceeding.
Each year, the Taft team devotes thousands of hours to pro bono work. This dedication to the public interest is inherent in Taft’s culture and is approached with the same client-first mindset and service that is provided in every Taft matter. Taft’s Pro Bono Awards were initiated to acknowledge attorneys who best exemplify the firm’s commitment to giving back to its communities.
The 2022 winners were carefully selected by Taft’s Pro Bono Committee. The committee considered each nominee's overall pro bono achievements in 2021, the time, talent, and energy invested into the cases handled, and the positive impact of his or her work on their communities. Each award recipient can direct a donation by Taft to a charitable organization of their choice. Jindal Tork's donation will go to the Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio, Mcspadden's will go to Indiana Legal Services, and Morris' will go to the Ohio Justice and Policy Center.
“The Pro Bono Award winners have demonstrated excellence in their service to their communities and they exemplify what it means to be a pro bono champion – devoting talent, time, and resources to those who need it most,” said Andrew Carlson, Taft partner and Pro Bono Committee chair.
As an integral part of the firm’s community values, Taft attorneys are committed to providing legal services to low-income individuals, nonprofit and community organizations, and public interest causes. In 2022, Taft continues to cultivate its pro bono commitments through the Pro Bono Committee’s efforts and the tremendous work done by attorneys and staff in each of Taft’s markets.