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Sam Peca Named Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year by Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program

Dallas associate Sam Peca has been named Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year by the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP), a joint program of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas.

The award recognizes Mr. Peca’s exceptional pro bono efforts, which include contributing more than 360 hours of pro bono legal service to DVAP in the last year. During his two-month tenure as a Lend-A-Lawyer with DVAP earlier this year, Mr. Peca assisted clients on a variety of cases, including family law, probate and expunction matters. He has also volunteered at DVAP’s neighborhood legal clinics, prove-up clinics, wills clinic and veterans’ clinic. Since the creation of the Lend-A-Lawyer program in 2005, Weil has consistently sent a third- or fourth-year attorney to the DVAP’s office to provide pro bono legal service while the attorney continues to receive full pay and benefits from Weil.

Mr. Peca is an associate in the Firm’s Corporate Department and focuses on a wide range of public and private M&A transactions, with an emphasis on private equity. His transactional experience encompasses work in the oil and gas, food, medical and technology industries.

Weil is proud of its pro bono service to the Dallas community, Texas and beyond. In addition to being the only law firm in Dallas making the ongoing Lend-A-Lawyer program commitment to DVAP, the Dallas office has received multiple DVAP Gold and Silver Awards recognizing pro bono excellence, and is a proud recipient of the W. Frank Newton Award, the State Bar of Texas’ top law firm pro bono honor. In 2014, DVAP also honored Weil with the Lisa Blue & Fred Baron Access to Justice Award for the Firm’s long-standing support of the organization. Additionally, individual Weil attorneys have several times earned the State Bar’s Frank J. Scurlock Award for Pro Bono Service and DVAP’s Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award.

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program is dedicated to increasing and enhancing pro bono legal services to the poor in Dallas through the recruitment, training and support of volunteer attorneys. DVAP conducts evening clinics and provides legal representation for low-income applicants with problems in civil law matters, including family, bankruptcy, housing, consumer, employment termination and wage claims, guardianships, wills and small estates.