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West Virginia Free Legal Answers 2018 Pro Bono Leaders
The State Bar’s Legal Outreach Committee wishes to recognize the ABA Free Legal Answers 2018 Pro Bono Leaders. On January 24, 2019 the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, awarded Dawn White of Berkeley Springs, WV and Nigel Jeffries of Charleston, WV as ABA Free Legal Answers 2018 Pro Bono Leaders.
The Committee presents this annual recognition to individual attorneys, law firms, and law departments tha have provided extraordinary pro bono services through West Virginia Free Legal Answers. Both attorneys each individually answered more than 100 civil legal questions in the 2018 calendar year. Through their exceptional pro bono assistance they are helping ensure that the low income community is receiving the legal help they need.
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This month's MoreThanALawyer is our Valentine's couple Bo Sweeney and Patty Jennings, Huntington attorneys who founded the annual Huntington Turkey Trot. Bo (Robert H Sweeney Jr.) is a member of Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC and Patty (Patricia A. Jennings) is an Appellate Judge on the Workers' Compensation Board of Review. Keep reading to learn how this month's couple raises awareness for the health and well-being of our students and our pets.
"To whom much is given, much is expected. These are words we live by." In 2005, Bo and Patty visited family in St. Louis for Thanksgiving and participated in a Turkey Trot. The following year, they searched for a local race in the Huntington area but found none. One week before Thanksgiving they organized the first Huntington Turkey Trot with fifty participants and donated the proceeds to Little Victories Animal Rescue Shelter. Deciding the community needed an annual Turkey Trot, Bo and Patty vowed to get to work on this annual event for the benefit of the local animal shelter. Almost 10 years later, in 2015, the event boomed with over 1,000 entrants and raised $25,000.00 for Little Victories Animal Shelter. Later, they raised $30.000.00 for the shelter, and, even in the midst of the pandemic and with a virtual fundraiser, the Turkey Trot was able to raise $8,000.00 this past year. Bo and Patty, along with their son, Chip, and a slew of volunteers, make this wonderful event happen every year.
"The Turkey Trot taught us that when you happen onto something great, make the most of it. We had no idea how popular a Thanksgiving race would become, but we soon capitalized on the trend. Now thousands of participants in our community enjoy gathering on Thanksgiving morning for fellowship and health and to benefit animals in need." Bo and Patty are proud that the Turkey Trot is now a family tradition, not only within their own family, but with so many in their community. Bo and Patty's family replaces Thanksgiving preparation the evening prior with packet pick-up and handing out t-shirts and numbers. Thanksgiving morning is spent excitedly preparing for the event and preparing for what feels like a party and a reunion for those attending. Following each race, awards are given which normally consist of Butterball turkeys and pumpkin pies. Donated bags of pet food are then delivered to the shelter.
Bo and Patty also have a soft spot for the students in their community. Long before COVID and school closures, Patty and Bo recognized that many students depend on schools for the two meals each day when school is in session. Starting with a grassroots food drive effort with area law firms in stocking pantries at Huntington High School and its feeder schools, they later merged efforts with Jenkins Fenstermaker and the Cabell County Bar Association. The CCBA and its members had regularly donated $4,000 in non-perishable food and hygiene products to the Huntington High School food pantry before the students would leave for the holiday break. Patty and Bo hope to increase efforts to combat food insecurity by expanding the food drive to the Spring and Summer breaks.
We absolutely LOVE our Valentine's Day Couple! Thank you for for being MORE Than A Lawyer. Your community and your Bar are grateful! Bo and Patty reside in Huntington with their 5 dogs and 2 cats. They were nominated by @Sarah Walling who is an attorney with Jenkins Fenstermaker and is now co-director of the Turkey Trot.
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