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Cosgrave Paralegals and other members of the Oregon Paralegal Association (OPA) are teaming up with The Multnomah Bar Association (MBA) Young Lawyer Section (YLS) for “The Wills for Heroes”, on November 24th from 1-5 pm at the Beaverton Police Training Center. The Wills for Heroes program provides Oregon's first responders, including Police Officers, Fire Fighters, EMTs and Search & Rescue team members, with four free essential legal documents including a simple Will, Power of Attorney, Advance Directive, and HIPAA Release. The Wills for Heroes Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit that supports this program. For more information, http://www.willsforheroes.org/program.htm
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On Saturday, October 12th paralegals Dardie Robinson, Peggy Stotts and Brenda Tiland volunteered their time to support the Tigard Tualatin Compassion Clinic. The Compassion Clinic is a one day health clinic offering medical, dental, and vision assistance to those in need in the Tigard and Tualatin areas. This year’s clinic served over 450 individuals in need. If you would like to find out more about the Tigard Tualatin Compassion Clinic, visit their website, compassiontigard.com
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On June 5th, Mike Lewton participated in a three hour continuing education program for claims professionals of AIG in New York. The program titled, “Ethics and Best Practices for Handling and Resolving Litigation” included two panels of seasoned litigators from throughout the United States. Mike’s portion of the presentation included a segment on approaches for pre-litigation mediation and settlement. In addition to Mike’s complex litigation practice, he has received advanced training on the elements of arbitration and mediation at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law. Click here to read a copy of the seminar brochure.
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Pro Bono Spotlight on Glenn Robles
December 5, 2013
For Glenn Robles, a seasoned litigator of over 15 years and a current partner at Cosgrave Vergeer Kester, pro bono has a broader connotation than its traditional application in the legal field. Glenn, a marathon enthusiast breaks the pro bono mold by giving his time for the public good in and out of the legal context.
Glenn comes from a long line of scouts. His grandfather was a Scout Master and his father, two older brothers and he were Eagle Scouts in Sacramento, California, where Glenn grew up. From an early age, Glenn learned how to mobilize the resources of the troop to effectuate change in his community and act on behalf of the public. His Eagle Scout project included refurbishing playground equipment for children with health deficiencies.
Out of law school, Glenn, acting on a wanderlust desire, chose to serve the communities of the U.S. territories of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands. Glenn principally practiced in commercial litigation; however, he also represented a number of defendants in criminal matters. On one particular occasion, there was a high-profile prison break. One of the prisoners showed up on his former girlfriend’s doorstep for sanctuary. The former girlfriend, Glenn’s client, fell into the legal mess that ensued. Since she was not a U.S. citizen, Glenn faced the added difficulty of finessing the court on her status as a resident. Ultimately, under the public eye, Glenn fought and won his client’s absolution from the charges she faced.
Since his return to the mainland, Glenn joined the Cosgrave firm and began his practice in the railroad industry. He has spent endless hours, effort and energy representing low-income clients through groups such as the Oregon Law Center and the St. Andrew Legal Clinic. In particular, Glenn feels compelled to represent victims of domestic violence in tragic circumstances where legal representation would otherwise by completely out of reach.
Glenn recognizes that the constraints on many lawyers’ time often prohibits some from the kind of time-consuming service he dedicates to low-income client representation, so he takes the extra step in the Campaign for Equal Justice, an annual legal fundraising effort designed to raise money to keep Oregon’s Legal Aid offices open and staffed.
Surely Glenn’s public defense work in Guam and the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, his private representation of clients in situations of domestic violence and abuse who otherwise could not afford legal services, and his dedication to raising awareness and money for access to justice through the Campaign for Equal Justice falls very neatly into the legal services category of pro bono work. However, the full spectrum of his commitment to the public good is even broader.
Glenn’s commitment to pro bono work runs back to his service as an Eagle Scout and his deeply ingrained desire to serve his community. A few years ago, Glenn was diagnosed with cancer. He considers himself a “chemotherapy survivor.” So Glenn took his survival experience and offered his support, love and mentorship for a child in the Chemo Pal program through the Children’s Cancer Association in Portland. That child is now on his way to recovery, in part, from the gift of hope Glenn was able to provide.
Glenn Robles, a super lawyer and a super person, knows no boundaries when it comes to pro bono.
Published in the Multnomah Bar Association, Multnomah Lawyer, December, 2013. Written by Timothy Crawley, YLS Pro Bono Committee.