November 02, 2012
International law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP today announced that Dallas associate John O’Connor 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. O’Connor’s exceptional pro bono efforts, which include contributing more than 600 hours of pro bono work to DVAP clients who might otherwise have gone without legal representation.
In addition to Mr. O’Connor’s honor, Weil’s Dallas office received the DVAP Silver Award for Pro Bono Service. This is the seventh time that DVAP has recognized Weil or its attorneys through the pro bono awards program.
Mr. O’Connor is a Litigation associate who concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts, arbitrations, and mediations. He has degrees from Loyola Marymount University and Pepperdine University, and received his law degree from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.
Mr. O’Connor is actively involved in providing pro bono services to the local community. In 2011, he served as Weil’s seventh Lend-A-Lawyer to DVAP. Each year since the initiative’s inception in 2005, Weil has sent a third- or fourth-year attorney to perform three months of full-time, pro bono legal service at DVAP’s office while the attorney continues to receive full pay and benefits from Weil. Litigation associate Victoria Neave will serve as Weil’s 2012 Lend-A-Lawyer.
Weil is an industry leader in the provision of pro bono services. Firmwide, Weil has an award-winning pro bono policy that encourages each attorney to perform 50 hours of pro bono work annually. In 2011, attorneys in Weil’s Dallas office contributed over 4,000 hours of pro bono service to the local community. In recent years, Weil has established a strong track record of victories in asylum cases, winning pro bono matters on behalf of victims of persecution based on political beliefs or sexual orientation.
This news appeared in the following outlets (may require registration/subscription):
- Dallas Business Journal: Dallas lawyers, judges rack up 43,000 pro bono hours (October 29, 2012)
- Dallas Bar Association: Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program Announces Pro Bono Awards Recipients (October 29, 2012)
- Texas Lawyer – Tex Parte Blog: (November 14, 2012)
- Texas Lawyer: Newsmakers – Awards (November 19, 2012)