One firm helps low income families in foreclosure defense cases, the other works to secure reparations for Holocaust survivors. Read below to learn more about the firm recipients of our 2014 Pro Bono Awards.
DOUCET & ASSOCIATES CO., L.P.A.
Doucet & Associates is one of the most recognized foreclosure defense and consumer law firms in Ohio. Dedicated to giving back to the community, Troy Doucet, founder of the firm, decided to hire a full-time associate in 2014 to focus exclusively on pro bono matters. “When someone needs help but can’t afford to pay, we’ll be in a good position to assist,” Doucet explains. “This is much better than turning away those in need.”
The firm’s pro bono attorney is completely focused on helping low income families solve their legal problems at no or little cost, primarily in the areas of tenant representation and consumer law. The lawyer helps people avoid eviction, recover deposits, enforce lease terms, and ensure tenants have a safe and habitable place to live.
Is there a certain bond you have with the community there that motivates you to help those in need?
“I have been through a lot in life, including bankruptcy and foreclosure, so I try to remain open and empathetic that everyone’s challenges will be different. My life experiences have also led me to a strong sense that going through hardships does not mean someone else gets to walk all over you. This blends into an attitude that I have an obligation to help the community, especially those vulnerable to being taken advantage of by others.”
-Troy Doucet, Esq. Firm Principal
LATHAM & WATKINS LLP
Latham & Watkins is one of the largest providers of pro bono legal services in the world. The firm’s Holocaust reparations program has helped more than 400 Holocaust survivors since 2004. Over the past decade, close to 350 lawyers across Latham’s offices in the United States and Europe have helped survivors secure over €1.7 million in lump-sum payments, with thousands more in ongoing monthly payments, from the German government for work performed during World War II. The money allows their clients, who are in their eighties or older, to receive necessary medical care, provide for their families, and live the remainder of their lives in dignity.
As a large firm what keeps bringing you back to helping those underrepresented?
“Providing pro bono service is intrinsic to our practice of law and we are so fortunate to have the opportunity to bring our professional skills to bear in this way. While our firm strongly believes in the ethical obligation to serve the underserved, our lawyers and professional staff thrive as they engage and benefit in equal measure.”
-Wendy Atrokhov, Public Service Counsel
Congratulations again to all our 2014 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award recipients. We invite you to read more about them here and watch for the Pro Bono Super Lawyers Digital Magazine coming out in May!