Buncombe County Attorneys Honored for Service
Three Asheville attorneys, Cynthia "Cindy" Strom, Susan "Smitty" Dotson-Smith and Brad Stark, were recognized at the April 9, 2008, monthly meeting of the 28th Judicial District Bar for exemplary pro bono civil legal assistance to low-income residents. The three attorneys received outstanding certificate awards in recognition of their exemplary service and their nomination for the 2008 North Carolina Bar Association's William L. Thorp Pro Bono Service Award. The three attorneys were recognized for their volunteer service through the Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyers Program (MAVL).
Cynthia Strom of the Law Office of Cynthia A. Strom, PA, exceeded and surpassed all other MAVLP volunteers in 2007 by performing an amazing total of 644 pro bono hours over the course of assisting 51 disabled clients to obtain urgently needed Medicaid coverage for essential medical treatment and services. Cynthia has been on the pro bono panel since June of 1991, with a total of 84 cases. She is the Benefits Team Chair of the Pro Bono Committee of the 28th Judicial Bar.
Susan Dotson-Smith began her long-time MAVL service in 1991, as both a MAVL volunteer and ‘Hotline’ panel member. She has volunteered on a total number of 57 cases for a total of 103 hours over her years of service. In 2007, she spent considerable time on both ‘Hotline’ volunteer service and MAVL pro bono referrals, which included saving a home and avoiding a judgment lien, totaling $43,000.00, through a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, as well as taking on a motion to modify a guardianship. She contributed over forty hours of pro bono service in 2007 alone.
Brad Stark’s pro bono ethic, developed in law school, led him to join the MAVL panel in August of 2006 as a member of the landlord-tenant TEAM. During his first year, Brad employed his exemplary dispute resolution skills to settle the sensitive landlord-tenant conversion case of Ms. Barbara Segraves, after devoting 50 hours to cause.