Professor Michael L. Richmond (MSLS '74), Law Center Professor and alumnus of the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named "2012 Attorney of the Year" by Broward Lawyers Care, the pro bono project of the Legal Aid Service (LAS) of Broward County and Coast to Coast Legal Aid (CCLA) of South Florida.
As the state of the economy has worsened over the past few years, there is an increasing need for volunteer legal assistance to the poor and disadvantaged. These awards honor attorneys who recognize that need and have committed themselves to serving the community.
Professor of Law, Michael L. Richmond who teaches at Nova Southeastern University, has served on the faculty at the Law Center since 1978, where he teaches "Torts, Defamation, Products Liability and the Law & Literature Seminar." While in law school, he interned with a civil rights attorney in Charlotte and later clerked at the Cleveland Legal Aid Society in their mental health division. At the Law Center, he is the faculty advisor to the Public Interest Law Society, raising funds to support stipends for NOVA Southeastern University students to intern at LAS and CCLA. His pro bono work for Broward Lawyers Care includes working extensively on diverse cases over the years, including family law/domestic cases, and unfair collections practices and public benefits resulting in hundreds of donated pro bono hours.
“As attorneys we are trained to think and analyze,” said Richmond. “We can all help, and as professionals we all have an obligation to help.”
The award will be presented at the 11th Annual FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD gala on September 28, 2012 at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina. FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD is an annual fundraiser for Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida. Proceeds benefit families and individuals in gaining access to equal justice.