Pro Bono Project Volunteer Of The Month January 2014
Josef Karacsonyi of The Dickerson Law Group
Josef has been a volunteer with the Pro Bono Project since 2010 and is an active member of our Pro Bono Advisory Council playing an instrumental role in recruiting new attorney volunteers. He came up with the concept for a new mentorship panel of experienced family law attorneys, called the “Family Law Q & A Panel” which is intended to support and encourage new and inexperienced family law attorneys to take family law pro bono cases by connecting them with experienced practitioners to contact for questions and guidance. Additionally, Josef is helping the Pro Bono Project develop a series of Lunch‐n‐Learn CLE’s to support those who are new to family law practice and taking pro bono cases.
Josef has gone above and beyond for one client in particular, a domestic violence victim who needed help with a divorce. The case involved 4 half day trial dates as well as three trial binders and hundreds, if not thousands, of pages of exhibits. In total, his firm spent nearly 400 hours on the case and Josef performed 164 hours as the lead attorney on the case. They achieved a great property award for the client and were awarded $10,000 in attorney fees.
When asked about pro bono service, Josef said, “I believe that people should become involved in pro bono for the positive difference they can make in the lives of others. I believe our legacy is the sum of the way we changed or touched the lives of others, and the impressions we left upon others. Pro bono work I believe is required of those who have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work in a such a wonderful profession that provides so many opportunities.”