At its annual Lunch In The Garden held at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on May 14, 2009, LINC recognized two local lawyers, one local law firm and an individual who provided exceptional volunteer support to the organization over the past year. Catherine B. Strauss, President of the Board of Directors and John (Jack) M. Robb, III, Esquire, of LeClairRyan made the presentations.
The Krista Latshaw Pro Bono Service Award, named for a dedicated LINC volunteer attorney to honor her legacy of commitment, sacrifice and humility; was presented to Michael C. Cooper, Esquire, of Spotts Fain. When asked about his involvement with LINC, Mr. Cooper said “it’s rewarding to help people who truly need assistance, and I believe that such individuals should be concentrating on getting well rather than worrying. Even the briefest call to a LINC client is greeted with thanks and relief, and it’s clear that addressing even these minor legal matters make a significant, immediate different to their lives.”
The 2009 Long Term Service Award was presented to Deborah M. Costello, Esquire, an attorney whose private law practice focuses on Domestic Relations, Wills and Collaborative Law. She began working with LINC over 10 years ago, being one of the first attorneys to take on a LINC case in her area of practice. She has drafted countless bedside wills for terminally ill patients, and volunteers their time to teach other LINC attorneys. She is also a past LINC Board Member.
The 2009 Outstanding Law Firm Award was presented to Williams Mullen. In presenting the award, Jack Robb noted that “Williams Mullen’s service to LINC has been personal, timely and a virtually guaranteed referral. In particular, Andy Nea is Williams Mullen’s pro bono partner, and this award is well deserved thanks to Andy’s efforts and those of the WilliamsMullen attorneys working with him. Williams Mullen not only takes on a relatively large number of LINC cancer-patient referrals, but Andy has promised us that when we cannot find another attorney, Williams Mullen will find one. This guarantee ensures that any cancer patient coming to LINC needing an attorney will get one.” Jim Meath, Vice-Chair of Williams Mullen accepted the award on behalf of the firm.
Marcia LaMaskin, a long time volunteer and event coordinator for LINC, was surprised to be recognized with the President’s Award for Volunteerism. Ms. LaMaskin was singled out for her extraordinary service to LINC over the course of several years, taking over event planning and working endless hours to produce both the annual luncheon and the organization’s fall event, It’s In the Bag. It was noted that Ms. LaMaskin also brought friends and colleagues who have become valued members of the LINC community.
John M. Oakey, Jr., Esquire of McGuire Woods gave the keynote address, in which shared personal comments about dealing with a cancer diagnosis and encouraged those in attendance volunteer in the community. Mr. Oakey has received high honors for his extraordinary dedication to pro bono work since retirement from full time practice as a partner at McGuire Woods.
VCU Massey Cancer Center was the presenting sponsor for the Luncheon.
LINC is a non-profit organization founded by cancer survivors. Since 1996 LINC has been helping cancer patients and their families focus on treatment and health, by removing the obstacles that stand in the way–obstacles like lack of funds for housing and food, denials of insurance coverage, qualification for disability payments, or the need for peace of mind brought by a will or power of attorney.
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