John C. Craft Honored with Pro Bono Public Interest Attorney Award
MIRIMAR BEACH, Fla. and MONTGOMERY, Ala.—The Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program has awarded John C. Craft with the 2022 Public Interest Attorney Award.
Craft was presented with the award at the 145th Annual Meeting of the Alabama State Bar on June 25, 2022, at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Miramar Beach, Fla. Craft was celebrated for the many ways he has impacted his community and profession.
Craft has spearheaded pro bono efforts in the area of elder law. While teaching future legal minds the law and fundamentals regarding hot topics in elder law, he also started the elder law clinic at Jones School of Law. During the elder law clinic, his students provide pro bono legal services for Montgomery-area seniors: preparing basic wills, living wills, and powers of attorney; providing representation during guardianship and conservatorship proceedings; and assisting victims of elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.
Alabama State Bar President Taze Shepard said, “The Alabama State Bar is proud to award John Craft with the Public Interest Attorney Award. He exemplifies a dedication to serve the needs of elders in his community. We are lucky that John shares his knowledge with the Jones School of Law through his elder law clinic.”
The elder law clinic Craft founded has served thousands in the Montgomery area. The program is unique because it is a continuous clinic dedicated to the needs of seniors. Craft has served as chair of the Elder Law Section and provided countless hours of CLE to train lawyers and judges throughout Alabama.
“John Craft is very deserving of this award,” Alabama State Bar Executive Director Terri Lovell said. “Not only have we all benefited from his contributions to improve elder law, but the public has benefited from his pro bono services.”
The Alabama State Bar (ASB) is the official licensing and regulatory organization of lawyers in Alabama. Created in 1879, the Alabama State Bar became an integrated bar in 1923 by an act of the legislature. Since then, ASB programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system. It is dedicated to promoting the professional responsibility and competence of its members, improving the administration of justice and increasing the public understanding of and respect for the law.
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