Bradley is pleased to announce that the firm’s Jackson office has received the 2019 Chairman of the Board’s Torchbearer Award from the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project (MVLP). The award recognizes individuals, firms, and organizations that have consistently contributed financial resources to accomplish MVLP’s mission of providing quality legal services to underserved Mississippians.
Since 2013, the Bradley Foundation has donated more than $35,000 to the MVLP.
“All of us in our Jackson office are extremely proud of Bradley’s ongoing support for the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project and its important work to help ensure fair access to attorneys and courts for those in need,” said Bradley Jackson Office Managing Partner Margaret Oertling Cupples. “We are very honored to accept the MVLP’s 2019 Chairman of the Board’s Torchbearer Award.”
Tiffany M. Graves, Bradley’s pro bono counsel and the former executive director of the Mississippi Access to Justice Commission, added, “This award also graciously acknowledges the many hours of time that Bradley’s attorneys have donated while serving as volunteers at legal clinics in Mississippi and representing MVLP clients.”
Formed in 1982, the MVLP is a non-profit legal aid organization and the nation’s first formal association of a state bar association – the Mississippi Bar Association – and the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). Through the MVLP, attorneys donate their time and talents to serve Mississippi's poor and less fortunate. Recently, the organization narrowed its services to assisting clients with domestic matters, exclusively. The MVLP has been cited by the American Bar Association and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association as the country’s single most outstanding program among state bar associations.
Bradley and its attorneys have a long history of devoting a significant amount of time to pro bono work and community service on an annual basis. In 2018, the firm’s attorneys and staff performed more than 19,800 hours of pro bono service valued at more than $7 million. The firm also donated more than $900,000 to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations last year.