The Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation is pleased to announce its 2017 Volunteer Lawyer of the Year to B. Scott Boster, a partner at Ulmer & Berne LLP. Scott has taken pro bono VLP cases for over 30 years.
Scott has assisted 7 clients referred through the VLP for Legal Aid’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) in the first 16 months of its operation. Scott’s willingness to assist with the LITC has helped it be effective and successful. In one matter, he successfully negotiated a 50% reduction in delinquent taxes for a 79-year-old man suffering from memory loss and heart disease, whose only income is a small pension.
Scott also has handled a variety of consumer matters and has accepted at least two VLP referrals each year for the past 15 years. His dedication to helping clients and his long-term commitment to the VLP’s mission are inspiring.
2016 VOLUNTEER LAWYER OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to Paul J. (P.J.) Minnillo who was named 2016 Volunteer Lawyer of the Year by the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP)! The award was presented at the Cincinnati Bar Association annual meeting in April, 2017.
Paul specializes in bankruptcy law, representing individuals, families and small businesses in Chapter 7, Chapter 11, and Chapter 13 matters in Ohio. He began accepting VLP cases when he joined the Ohio bar and has taken 55 cases since 1995.
One case is particularly representative of Paul’s efforts. The client, a disabled man, was unable to work. However, he still faced an onerous debt burden from a large student loan. He had made several unsuccessful attempts to get a waiver from the Department of Education. Through the VLP, Paul took the case. As a result of his legal assistance, the court ruled it would be an undue hardship for the client to repay the loan and ultimately, the Department of Education released the man from his student loan debt.
Paul’s dedication to helping clients is inspiring. The VLP is pleased to name Paul J. Minnillo our 2016 Volunteer Lawyer of the Year.
2016 BUTLER COUNTY VOLUNTEER LAWYER OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to Catherine Evans! She was honored by the Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation as the 2016 Butler County Volunteer Lawyer of the Year! Anne Lucas, managing attorney of the VLP presented the award to Cathi at the Butler County Bar Association Law Day celebration on May 1, 2017. Cathi, a partner at Millikin & Fitton, has a strong history of participating as a VLP attorney. She’s taken three pro bono cases every year on average. In addition to helping VLP clients for nearly 20 years, Cathi has been a VLPF board member since 2003, serving as the President in 2014-2016.
Cathi shared her thoughts about the work she has done through the VLP. “Almost all of the people I’ve worked with have been terminally ill single parents. They’re looking for a little comfort that someone they trust will handle any decisions in their last illness. Many have no family to name, so are hoping to lean on friends, neighbors and church members. Assisting VLP clients has been my way of taking a tiny bite of the elephant, so to speak, and hopefully has given some comfort to people over the years.”
Cathi has demonstrated a sustained commitment to both serving clients and to providing organizational leadership to the VLP. We are pleased to name her as our Butler County Lawyer of the Year!