Pro Bono Net would like to highlight the volunteer efforts of David Hood with Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc!
In honor of National Volunteer Week 2017, which takes place this week, April 23-29, Pro Bono Net would like to extend our gratitude to the thousands of volunteer lawyers who make a huge difference for those in need. For those at risk of losing their homes, income and even their children, volunteer lawyers are an indispensable resource. Now more than ever it is important for us to support our most vulnerable communities. This wouldn’t be possible without the immense efforts of volunteer lawyers around the country and the organizations that facilitate volunteering. The following profile is one such volunteer!
Legal Aid’s Stillwater Law Office signed up new pro bono attorney, David Hood at our October 28, 2016 free CLE. David agreed to take a case and was willing to accept a case assignment that very day! Grateful, LASO Staff member, Stacy Boyles let Mr. Hood know that the case documents and notes would be sent to him the following Monday.
This case involved a senior citizen, a veteran living in Logan County requesting help with a divorce to end an abusive marriage. The client had obtained a protective order on his own but did not have the money for a divorce. His wife had 2 domestic violence convictions. On Monday morning, as Stacy prepared the case documents for Mr. Hood, he called to let Legal Aid know that he was able to reach the client and the client was sitting in his office. Needless to say, David’s efforts were extraordinary! Mr.. Hood’s quick response enabled this client to get the protection he needed close the divorce by the end the year.
Legal Aid truly appreciates the extraordinary efforts of all of our volunteer attorneys but it is especially nice when an assignment is wrapped up so quickly!
David Hood is a life-long Guthrie resident. He earned his undergraduate degree in history at the University of Oklahoma, followed by graduate degrees in law and international relations at the University of Washington. Following law school, David worked overseas with an American Bar Association program in the Central Asian republics of the former Soviet Union helping organize grass-roots legal institutions such as judicial associations, legal clinics and student bar associations. He also taught law in Lithuania.
Upon returning to the U.S., David worked for a decade for a variety of firms in the Oklahoma City area. For the last eleven years, he has maintained his solo practice in Guthrie, where he engages in a wide variety of practice areas typical of a small-town attorney. For the past eight years, David had served as the Municipal Judge for the City of Guthrie, and he was also recently appointed as the Municipal Judge for the Town of Wellston. David’s real job is being father two his two beloved daughters, ages 9 and 5. He and his family attend the First Christian Church in Guthrie.
This profile originally appeared on probono.net/ok, March 2017.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s volunteer profile!
Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc. (LASO) is a non-profit, statewide organization that provides civil legal assistance to low-income people throughout Oklahoma. LASO has 18 offices throughout Oklahoma. LASO is a proud partner with Pro Bono Net providing information and resources to support our volunteers and staff through www.probono.net/ok.
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