Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is pleased to announce that the Birmingham Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Program (BBVLP) has named the firm as the 2013 Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year. The award recognizes the firm’s ongoing efforts to ensure equal access to justice and the legal system for all citizens of Alabama.
Firm Chairman Beau Grenier received the award on the firm’s behalf at the Birmingham Bar’s Pro Bono Week Celebration Luncheon on October 23.
“Our firm has a longstanding commitment to providing pro bono representation to those who would not otherwise be able to afford legal services,” said Grenier. “We appreciate this recognition and are grateful for the partnership with the BBVLP that helps us to deliver these vital services to the community.”
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings provides thousands of hours of pro bono services annually. The firm’s attorneys represent numerous start-up, charitable, nonprofit organizations and provide free estate planning services to first responders and missionaries. They also assist local charitable organizations including the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, the Old Firehouse Shelter, Birmingham Habitat for Humanity, the YWCA, the Junior League of Birmingham, the Birmingham Museum of Art, and John Croyle’s Big Oak Ranch.
In addition, the firm provides time and resources to the pro bono representation of prisoners in Alabama. This work involves assistance with conviction and sentence challenges, federal habeas corpus appeals, Section 1983 matters and cases involving alleged abuse by prison guards, as well as representation of inmates facing the death penalty. More than 40 of the firm’s attorneys currently represent 17 death row inmates in Alabama, which is the only state with no funding for post-conviction legal representation of death row inmates.
Founded in 1995, the Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program provides free legal services to low-income individuals in Jefferson County. With approximately 1,000 volunteer attorneys, the BBVLP is the largest volunteer lawyers program in Alabama.