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Attorneys celebrated for pro bono work

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Lawyers often find themselves on the business end of a bad joke but Friday several local attorneys were honored for their work in the community.

The Benton Franklin Legal Aid Society handed out a number of awards at the annual Attorney Appreciation Luncheon at the United Way office in Kennewick.

Attorneys were recognized for the hard work they do for free in cases like divorce, bankruptcy and immigration issues.

The guest speaker was the Honorable State Supreme Court Justice Steven Gonzalez.

"I think it's particularly an obligation for lawyers to make sure that the justice system works. Not everyone can afford a lawyer. We need to make sure that even if you're unable to pay for a lawyers, you still get your day in court," Gonzalez said.

The Benton Franklin Legal Aid Society helps more than 4,000 clients every year. They offer legal representation for clients living in poverty.

Awards were given out for taking on two or more pro bono cases in 2012, outstanding fundraising efforts and other significant contributions to the Legal Aid Society.