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The Women’s Bar Foundation Recognizes Nutter Attorneys for Commitment to Pro Bono

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Nutter attorneys Crescent Moran Chasteen, Of Counsel in the firm’s Tax Department, Matthew Connolly, senior associate in the Litigation Department, Melanie Woodward, associate in the Litigation Department, and Erin Whitney, associate in the Tax Department, received the Women’s Bar Foundation (WBF) 2017 Summer Volunteer Attorney Award for their commitment to pro bono service. Each quarter, the WBF recognizes a volunteer attorney or firm that has gone above and beyond in representing their WBF client.

Crescent, Matt, Melanie, and Erin were recognized for dedicating more than 300 pro bono hours to support their client. The team secured a victory including a temporary restraining order preventing transfer of the marital home and prohibiting the client’s husband (and relative) from evicting her and her baby and charging rent. The team continues to work with the client to help secure her rightful share of the value of the marital home, as well as a parenting agreement and child support.

“Our team works in a variety of practices, but had one goal in common: wanting to contribute to the legal community in a meaningful way and to ensure that people from all backgrounds have access to a level playing field when it comes to our judicial system,” said Crescent. “This has been an incredibly rewarding experience for the entire team. We’re really making a difference in someone’s life. Securing our client’s rightful share of the marital home and other assets will allow her and her son to start over in a suitable home of their own. Further, our work with the Women’s Bar Foundation has also connected us with an amazing mentor, Fern Frolin. Not only is she an outstanding family law attorney whose knowledge and experience is indispensable to our team as we represent our client, but she is also a wonderful person.”

The Women's Bar Foundation is dedicated to ensuring access to justice for low-income women, creating a community committed to providing free legal assistance to low-income women and their families.

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