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Adams and Reese was recognized with the Mission First Legal Aid Clinic’s Distinguished Service Award at the Prayer Breakfast of the Mississippi Bar Association Convention on Thursday, July 13, at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Sandestin, Fla.

The award is the result of the firm’s pro bono services in a number of cases for Mission First clients, including substantial work by Jackson Partner Powell G. Ogletree, Jr., in a complex real estate matter. It was presented by Mississippi Bar President-Elect and Mississippi College School of Law Interim Dean Patricia Bennett and was accepted by Adams and Reese’s Jackson-based Special Counsel G. Austin Stewart.

One of the significant pro bono matters involved We Will Go Ministries, a faith-based 501(c)(3) which services a historically African-American segment in Jackson. Following several years of leasing of property, an issue arose with one of the building on the premises, known as the “Teen Center”, of which the title had never been formally turned over during the initial transaction.

During the long and arduous process, members of the Adams and Reese staff worked with several government entities – including the Internal Revenue Service, the Jackson Police Department, the Hinds County Sheriff, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and the U.S. Marshalls – to formally acquire the deed so the Christian organization could continue its ministry on the premises.

The award was based largely on work handled by Ogletree. Others in the Jackson office who contributed hours to the pro bono matters through Mission First Legal Aid Clinic included partners Elizabeth Lee Maron, William C. Brabec, R. Jarrad Garner, Laura Ford Rose and Matthew R. Dowd, along with staff attorney H. Richard Davis, Jr.