Fessier recognized for generous pro bono contributions
In honor of National Pro Bono Month, The Honorable Anita D. Filson of the Rockbridge and Buena Vista Circuit Courts, The Honorable W. Chapman Goodwin of the Alleghany and Augusta Circuit Courts, along with John E. Whitfield, Co-Chair of the Access to Justice Commission and Executive Director of Blue Ridge Legal Services joined local bar members at Washington and Lee School of Law on Thursday October 12, 2017 to honor local attorneys for their generous pro bono contributions. Rosalie Pemberton Fessier was among those honored, and was presented with an award for her extraordinary pro bono efforts to ensure that the civil legal system is open and available to all.
Blue Ridge Legal Services, the Virginia Access to Justice Commission, Washington & Lee School of Law and Judges of the 25th Judicial Circuit have undertaken a special pro bono initiative in the 25th Judicial Circuit to promote meaningful access to civil justice for the poor in the region by encouraging increased pro bono participation among the local attorneys. The 25th Judicial Circuit includes the counties of Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Botetourt, Highland and Rockbridge, and the cities of Buena Vista, Covington, Lexington, Staunton and Waynesboro. Thanks to support from the local judiciary the pro bono initiative has been met with wide support from the attorneys in the 25th Judicial Circuit.