Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP attorney Robin Phillips recently received the California State Bar's Wiley W. Manuel Award and the Legal Aid Society of San Diego's Outstanding Service Award for his contribution of legal services to the pro bono program in 2009-2010.
The Wiley W. Manuel Award was established in 1989 by the State Bar of California to honor the memory of the late Justice Manuel, who served as a California Supreme Court Associate Justice from 1977-1981. Justice Manuel's legal career and his personal life were marked by a dedication to hard work, public service and the concept of equal justice for all segments of society.
Phillips received the award for his work involving an indigent couple who were terminated by their employer without being paid for services rendered. Phillips successfully settled the case for the full amount owed to the couple. In this case alone, Phillips invested more than 200 hours of pro bono work.
"Procopio's longstanding tradition of providing pro bono legal services is central to the culture of our firm," said Tom Turner, Procopio's managing partner. "Robin's initiative in engaging in impactful pro bono work is one of the many reasons we are pleased to have him as part of our team."
The case came to Phillips through the Legal Aid Society of San Diego (LASSD) while at his previous firm, McDermott Will & Emery. LASSD provides legal aid to low income individuals and disadvantaged communities for a variety of legal problems including, consumer, family disputes, welfare and health benefits, immigration and poverty law issues such as landlord/tenant disputes, disability support and family benefits payments.
"LASSD is proud to count Robin among its most eager, enthusiastic and effective volunteers," said Sara Raffer, pro bono program manager at LASSD. "Robin's commitment to the poor and disadvantaged is truly a shining example of professionalism in our community."
Phillips joined Procopio as an associate in March of this year. His practice focuses on intellectual property litigation.