PCBA honors three members for volunteer service
The PCBA has honored three of our members for volunteering 200 hours or more to help clients in need through our Volunteer Lawyers Project. Victoria Nwasike of the Davis Brown Law Firm, Holly Logan of Weinhardt & Logan P.C., and Steve Marso of Whitfield and Eddy, were recognized for their service at the Oct. 11 PCBA luncheon. Here are their stories:
Victoria Nwasike is a 2008 graduate of Drake University Law School where she received a three-year public service scholarship. Although she is required to provide pro bono service as part of the public service scholarship she received, Victoria says she would do volunteer work even if it wasn’t required. Beyond the emotional lift she gets from feedback she receives from clients are the benefits she has received professionally.
“These clients really appreciate me. Without my help, they wouldn’t get help,” she says when describing the satisfaction she gets from her pro bono work.
Victoria was featured in the October 2011 issue of The Iowa Lawyer. Click here to read the entire article.
Steve Marso joined Whitfield and Eddy in 2001 and has been a partner since 2007.
“I have been more than surprised by the many hours devoted by Mr. Marso and the serious attention to detail as well as his commitment to justice,” pro bono client Janet Harlan wrote in a letter to PCBA Executive Director Carol Burdette. “I had nearly lost faith in Iowa and the legal community. That faith has been restored due to the uncompromising talent of Steve Marso.” Click here to read the entire letter.
In addition to his pro bono work, Steve handles a wide variety of disputes, such as personal injury, insurance, business, agricultural, banking, and commercial disputes, but his primary area of practice involves construction disputes. He is an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association’s Construction Arbitrator Panel, a member of the Iowa State Bar Association’s Construction Law Section, a member of the firm’s Construction Law Practice Group, and a member in various residential and commercial construction trade associations. Prior to joining the firm in 2001, Steve worked for two years as a judicial law clerk to Judge Harold Vietor of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.
Holly Logan represents clients in a wide variety of white collar criminal prosecutions and investigations as well as other civil and regulatory government proceedings. Holly also handles a broad array of business litigation. In just over a decade of practice, she has handled a multitude of criminal and civil cases in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies. She has also represented and counseled professionals (accountants, attorneys, physicians) in litigation and other administrative proceedings.
Since the beginning of her career, Holly has been devoted to providing pro bono assistance to indigent persons. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Polk County Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) since 2004 and jut completed a two-year term as president of the Board. Holly received the VLP’s Outstanding Volunteer Award in 2009.
“Almost all of the pro bono work I have done the last few years has been referred to the VLP through the Hispanic Outreach Legal Assistance (HOLA) Clinic,” Holly explains. ” I’ve met many of my pro bono clients at the clinic and have chosen to work on their cases because of a connection with the client, the client’s children, or the legal issues presented. Working with the VLP through the HOLA Clinic has been such a rewarding way to help others and our community.”