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Sebren receives 2019 Powell Pro Bono Award

Hebert “Herb” L. Sebren Jr., a Tappahannock solo practitioner, has been named the 2019 recipient of the Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award.

The award honors attorneys and attorney groups that have made outstanding pro bono contributions. It was established by the Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Access to Legal Services.

Kimberly McCartney of Legal Aid Works nominated Sebren: “Again and again, I have called on one attorney in particular when looking for someone to provide assistance to a low-income family in a desperate legal situation. This attorney is, in my opinion, one of the most respected and dedicated of them all and gives so generously of his legal talents on behalf of our area’s poor.”

McCartney cited Sebren’s 22-year history of pro bono assistance and estimated he’s taken on at least 150 cases over the years.

“Because of him, at least 22 drivers’ licenses have been restored, at least 108 family matters have been resolved, and countless others have been helped with consumer problems, have had wills prepared, and have avoided eviction,” McCartney wrote.

The Powell Award was presented to Sebren Oct. 16 during the Virginia State Bar Pro Bono Conference in Harrisonburg.