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Legal Aid Society Hosts Attorney Appreciation Luncheon

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- A group of local lawyers is being recognized for the work they do in the community. The difference about these lawyers is that they all belong to the Benton-Franklin Legal Aid Society.

Once again this year they hosted an appreciation luncheon to recognize these pro-bono attorneys. Legal Aid is a volunteer lawyer program, helping those who can not afford legal assistance.

Several awards were also handed out during the celebration. Legal Aid says it is important to recognize the countless hours of service these lawyers donate.

Barbara Otte, Executive Director of Benton-Franklin Legal Aid said, "our entire Bar Association is very supportive of Legal Aid, and they provide their services pro-bono, and they're very generous," she said. "They treat the cases exactly as if they were getting paid."

Currently there are 24 pro-bono programs in the state of Washington. The Legal Aid Society in the Tri-Cities has 156 participating members, all providing free legal assistance.