Toledo attorney earns statewide honors for his pro bono work

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COLUMBUS -- (August 22, 2017) For going above and beyond to promote the common good and to make the system of justice available to all, Toledo attorney Thomas Cafferty will be honored with the John and Ginny Elam Pro Bono Award at the Ohio State Bar Association's All-Ohio Legal Forum​ in Cleveland on August 24, 2017.


Mr. Cafferty is a solo practitioner who specializes in bankruptcy, consumer protection and maritime law. He runs his own business while devoting a significant portion of his legal practice to pro bono activities through the Toledo Bar Association and Operation Legal Help, an organization which serves veterans in need of an attorney. He is also a regular volunteer for the Toledo Bar Association's "Ask the Attorney" night—a weekly service where volunteer attorneys answer legal questions from viewers of a local television station. In addition to his own volunteer casework, Cafferty has worked to train and recruit other attorneys, presenting continuing legal education (CLE) programs on consumer debt and other issues to support colleagues who would also give their time to help veterans in need of legal services.


A veteran himself, Cafferty served more than 20 years on active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard, including five years as a navigator aboard Coast Guard Cutter ACACIA. He is also a volunteer with his local American Legion Post, performing with the color guard to ensure veterans receive their proper honors.


Cafferty earned his law degree, with honors, from the University of Toledo. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Toledo Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in Ohio as well as in the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Michigan and the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio.


About the Award

The John and Ginny Elam Pro Bono Award is given annually to one attorney whose selfless donation of time and talent to pro bono causes may be an inspiration for fellow lawyers to do the same. Nominees are selected based upon their history of providing, facilitating or encouraging the delivery of pro bono services, not exclusively legal services, to persons of limited means or to charitable, religious, civic, community, government and/or educational organizations. The award was established and endowed by Ginny Elam in honor of her husband John C. Elam, a Columbus attorney who generously donated his own time and talents to support the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, as well as other groups working to provide access to the courts for the poor and disadvantaged.


About the Event

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Terrence O'Donnell will be presenting Mr. Cafferty with the John and Ginny Elam Pro Bono Award at the Ohio State Bar Association All-Ohio Legal Forum luncheon on August 24, 2017, at 12:15 p.m., in the Grand Ballroom of the Cleveland Convention Center.



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