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Montgomery, Alabama, July 11, 2011 – Henry A. Callaway , III, a partner in the Mobile law firm of Hand Arendall LLC has been selected as one of five national recipients of the American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award. He is the third Alabama lawyer to receive the award. (Elizabeth) Barry Johnson Parker, who practices with Maynard Cooper (in Birmingham and now Mobile), was honored in 2001, and David Schoen of Montgomery was recognized in 1995.

Alabama State Bar President Alyce M. Spruell of Northport (Spruell & Powell, LLC) said, "As lawyers we have a duty and responsibility to better our communities and help our neighbors. Particularly now when government support for legal services has dropped and the need for legal services has grown significantly, pro bono services are more essential than ever. The recipients of this national award have answered the call with genuine concern, dedication and generosity." The state bar is thrilled to recognize Henry's work and I congratulate him on a job well done."
   
Callaway is being recognized for his exceptional leadership, "out-of-the-box thinking" and creative legal problem-solving with respect to improving the delivery of legal service to Mobile's poor and disadvantaged population. He has devoted in excess of 1,000 hours of volunteer time to serve on the VLP board, handled 118 lifetime pro bono cases, most of which lay beyond his core expertise and many of which presented challenges making them difficult to place with other attorneys. Callaway devised and spearheaded a sustained media campaign to ensure that the community and the client-eligible population are aware of VLP's existence and ability to help. This included developing a promotional DVD, radio and television public service announcements, other television and radio appearances, billboards, and widely disseminated posters.
   
The ABA Pro Bono Publico Award is presented each year by the Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service to honor individual lawyers, law firms, law schools, government attorney offices, corporate law departments and other institutions in the legal profession that have enhanced the human dignity of others by improving or delivering volunteer legal services to the poor.
   
The recipients of the 2011 ABA Pro Bono Publico Award will be honored in August at the Pro Bono Publico Awards Assembly Luncheon during the ABA Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada.

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