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Adams and Reese Receives National Good Apple Award For Pro Bono Efforts

Adams and Reese earned a prestigious Good Apple Award presented by National Appleseed for the efforts of Birmingham-based Of Counsel Richard P. Carmody and Associate Anna Davis in the completion of Appleseed’s 2017 Edition of Protecting Assets & Child Custody In The Face Of Deportation, A Guide For Practitioners Assisting Immigrant Families.

The pair, along with two editors and 44 contributors, was honored on June 7, at the Mexican Cultural Institute in the nation’s capital. The two Adams and Reese attorneys helped pen the document’s section on veteran’s benefits and joined Annette LoVoi and Karyn A. Cassella in the overall editing of the periodical.

Carmody, who has a long and distinguished legal career and has been the recipient of numerous honors recognizing his community service and pro bono work, is a leading bankruptcy attorney and was named as the inaugural Adams and Reese Senior Pro Bono Fellow in a fellowship program initiated by the firm in 2016. The program offers senior attorneys the opportunity to effect change by devoting a significant portion of their working hours to pro bono. Carmody continues to work with National Appleseed and its network of 17 social justice centers in the U.S. and Mexico. As the Adams and Reese National Appleseed Senior Pro Bono Fellow, Carmody devotes 50 to 75 percent of his work hours to a variety of pro bono projects in collaboration with Appleseed.

Davis has been with Adams and Reese since 2015 and is a member of the Special Business Service Practice Group where she focuses on litigation and government relations. She served as an Articles Editor on the Alabama Law Review and was a member of the John a. Campbell Moot Court Board while pursuing her J.D. at the University of Alabama School of Law. Davis was also chosen as a Steiger Fellow in the office of the Attorney General of Alabama and was awarded the George Peach Taylor Trial Advocacy Award. In the community, she is a junior board member of Oasis Counseling for Women and Children and belongs to the Birmingham-Southern Young Alumni Council.

With centers in 16 states, the District of Columbia and Mexico City, Appleseed is a national organization which advocates immigration collaboration, advances education and protects vulnerable youth, combats poverty and building assets, promotes health and safety, secures justice, good government and democracy, and assists in disaster recovery.