Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor Honors Attorneys For Pro Bono Service

Monday, May 1, 2006 - 01:00

Attorneys John W. Shaw, Dawn M. Jones and Michael W. McDermott have been recognized by their firm, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, for providing exemplary pro bono legal service to the community and the bar. The three attorneys were honored for their continued commitment to providing representation to pro bono clients.

'The pro bono committee had no difficulty in selecting this year's honorees,' said Young Conaway Chairman James L. Patton, Jr. 'In 2005, John tried two Federal Civil Panel prisoner abuse cases and took one to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Dawn and Mike, who successfully assisted John with one of the prisoner abuse cases, each logged over 200 hours of pro bono service.'

Mr. Shaw, who received the H. James Conaway, Jr. Pro Bono Award, is a partner in the firm and chairs the Intellectual Property Litigation section. Jones and McDermott, both associates in the Corporate Counseling and Litigation section, received the William F. Taylor Pro Bono Award.

Most recently, the three attorneys prevailed in a pro bono jury trial in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware as part of a program coordinated by the Court that helps to find attorneys to represent indigent persons who have potentially meritorious cases.

The H. James Conaway, Jr. Pro Bono Award is presented to firm partners who have provided exemplary pro bono legal service to the community and bar. The William F. Taylor Pro Bono Award is presented to firm associates who exemplify the firm's commitment to pro bono service.

In recognition of each award, the firm contributes $1,000 to the recipients' charity of choice. This year, contributions will be made to the Combined Campaign for Justice and St. Patrick's Center in Wilmington.

Norman M. Powell, a partner in the Business Planning, Transactions and Restructuring Section of Young Conaway, has become only the second Delaware attorney inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers (ACCFL), joining previous inductee, the Honorable Thomas L. Ambro (circuit judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit).

Mr. Powell was inducted into the College last month in a special ceremony in Tampa, FL during the ACCFL annual meeting.