VAHCC Board Member Bob Redmond wins prestigious “Lewis Powell Award”
(Virginia State Bar “Lewis Powell Award” recipient Bob Redmond, VAHCC Board Member. Photo credit: PRweb.com)
Richmond, VA: The Virginia State Bar awarded Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board Member Robert F. Redmond Jr. the 2012 Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award for his years of service to recent immigrants. Seven years ago, Mr. Redmond, through the VAHCC Foundation, began a legal clinic for the Hispanic immigrant community on the third Monday night of each month. The clinic, staffed by Mr. Redmond with Williams Mullen attorneys and paralegals, provided translators and legal assistance where it could. It typically saw twenty-five to thirty clients each month as its reputation grew.
Though a product liability lawyer by trade with no formal training in immigration law, Mr. Redmond took on hundreds of immigration cases. He has successfully adjusted status of hundreds of clients. He has obtained prosecutorial discretion for many children brought to the United States illegally by their parents and has obtained visas for crime victims who have aided police. He also has arranged for the voluntary departure of hundreds of immigrants who were in the country illegally.
As the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Clinic’s reputation spread, more law firms took notice and offered to assist. The clinic was expanded to two nights a month. University of Richmond law students joined the effort in 2008 and today, Williams Mullen has allotted office space for the students working on clinic projects. The clinic now typically sees about 360 clients per year and has dealt with an estimated 2,160 clients since it opened.
“The efforts of Mr. Redmond in our community over the past seven years have reaped extraordinary results, making a profound difference in the lives of many who would otherwise have no one to turn to. The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is grateful for Mr. Redmond’s leadership and initiative,” says Michel Zajur, VAHCC President.
Mr. Redmond also has been active in the legislative area. He helped form the Virginia Employers for Sensible Immigration Policy which works to ensure that legislation aimed at illegal immigration does not harm the state’s business reputation.
The Powell award was established by the Special Committee on Access to Legal Services of the Virginia State Bar to honor attorneys and attorney groups that have made outstanding pro bono contributions.