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Richmond lawyer named Volunteer of the Year

Richmond lawyer Kevin A. White has been named Outstanding Volunteer of the year by the Pro Bono Clearinghouse program of the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation.

Incoming board president Brian R. Marron presented the award to White last night at St. Joseph’s Villa in Richmond. White, an associate in the Richmond office of Kaufman & Canoles, practices corporate and public finance law.

A graduate of Randolph-Macon College and the Washington & Lee law school, White has been volunteering through the Clearinghouse since July 2008, according to Carol Deitrick, executive director of the bar foundation. He provided 58 hours of pro bono work in 2009, with services valued at $14,500. And he has continued to take on new pro bono clients in 2010, Deitrick reported.

One of White’s clients, the Elegba Folklore Society, known for its performance company, describes White as “kind, efficient, comprehensive and effective.” He worked for us “as if we paid for the service,” the client said. White has worked on licensing of intellectual property for the Society, which is developing a heritage tour trail related to the African-American slave experience in Richmond.

In accepting the award, White thanked his firm for its support and said Deitrick “makes it really easy to help and to sign up for what we’re interested in.” Deitrick reviews the nonprofits’ requests for legal services and matches their needs with the skills and interests of lawyers who participate in the program.

White said working with the Clearinghouse helped him move up to the next level of service, by joining a nonprofit board. He first took on Gateway Homes, which develops residential programs for mentally ill adults, as a client. Now he will be going on the board.

White’s experience with Gateway is a perfect example of how the Clearinghouse can work, said Christopher M. Malone, immedate past president of the GRBF board. Participating lawyers who take assignments for different kinds of nonprofits get a chance to discover their passion.

Malone’s firm, ThompsonMcMullan, sponsored the reception at St. Joseph’s Villa. It was a homecoming of sorts for Malone. He and his family lived at the Villa when he first moved to Richmond some years back, as his wife developed a residential program for children. The Villa celebrates its 176th anniversary this November.
By Deborah Elkins

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