BRIDGEPORT -- For the fourth year in a row, Steptoe & Johnson has been named the recipient of the "Law Firm Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Representation of West Virginians."

The "Kaufman Pro Bono Award" is awarded by the members of the Pro Bono Referral Project, a program coordinated by Legal Aid of West Virginia.

Attorneys and paralegals throughout the firm donated nearly 4,000 hours of legal counseling to help needy individuals and organizations that serve communities throughout The Mountain State. Legal Aid of WV, WV Senior Legal Aid, Habitat for Humanity, WV CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children), The Humane Society, Hope, Inc., WV Rails-to-Trails Council, WV 2-1-1 and Honor Flight are some of the many organizations benefiting from the firm's philanthropic efforts.

"Philanthropy continues to be a paramount interest to our firm," began Sherri S. Whalen, Pro Bono Coordinator for Steptoe & Johnson. "Our legal teams are enthusiastic in their service to the society in which we live, and we see it as our duty to work diligently to improve lives. Once again, we are honored to receive this award, and we look forward to continuing our work in the community," Whalen said.

The "Kaufman Pro Bono Award" was presented during the annual meeting of the West Virginia State Bar.

Steptoe & Johnson is a regional, business-focused firm with particular strengths in energy, labor, employment, and litigation. It comprises over 200 lawyers resident in ten locations throughout Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

For more information, visit www.steptoe-johnson.com.

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