Reed Allmand Named Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year
At the Annual Pro Bono Awards Reception on September 25, the Dallas office of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP was recognized as Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year.
Each year, the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP), a joint project of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, honors the lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals who donate pro bono legal services.
Hunton Andrews Kurth donated nearly 6,000 hours to pro bono this year. The firm considers the commitment to providing pro bono services a tradition since its founding in 1901. It remains a core value today. They have tackled DVAP pro bono projects, including volunteering at DVAP Small Business Clinics, Veterans Clinics, East Dallas Clinics, and assisting with a Wills Clinic at The Senior Source for the past several years.
“Pro bono service has helped further my career development by providing me the opportunity to lead a variety of pro bono initiatives at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, present to and engage with teams from various service organizations looking to augment their pro bono services, and expand my subject matter familiarity/expertise,” said Fawaz Bham, an associate who serves on the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and has been recognized as one of DVAP’s Finest.
Between 1993 and 2017, Hunton & Williams, a signatory member of the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge©, met or exceeded the goal of providing more than 3 percent of its billable time to pro bono services. Between 2009 and 2017, 100 percent of Hunton & Williams’ full-time U.S. lawyers participated in pro bono projects. Within the same time span, the firm’s lawyers across its domestic and international offices donated more than 45,000 hours of service to low-income and charitable clients. In addition, Dallas associate Louis M. Stahl was recognized as this year’s Outstanding Veterans Clinic Attorney.
Lawyer of the Year
Reed Allmand, of the Allmand Law Firm PLLC, was named Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year. For years he has taken up to five Chapter 7 Bankruptcy cases each month, for a total of 49 total cases so far—which DVAP Director Michelle Alden says are “extraordinary contributions to DVAP’s pro bono program.”
“I understand and empathize with their predicament and use the legal system to help them hold on to their assets, dignity, and sanity,” said Mr. Allmand, who has saved numerous homes from foreclosure. “My philosophy is ‘help good people through bad times.’”
Mr. Allmand, a 2000 graduate of Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, is a member of the Dallas Bar Association, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, American National Bankruptcy Institute, and the American Consumer Bankruptcy College.
“I have been blessed in life and giving back to the community I am a part of is my way of helping others and thanking God for my good fortune,” he added.
DVAP congratulates Hunton Andrews Kurth and Reed Allmand!