Kankakee attorney Karren Farmer has been honored by Prairie State Legal Services Inc. as the Volunteer Attorney of the Year for 2013.
Farmer has been a volunteer with the Prairie State program since 2004 and has donated more than 60 hours of service to pro bono clients during that period. She received her plaque at a luncheon held last week.
Thirty attorneys were honored overall, and Farmer was the last lawyer recognized. Nancy Hinton, coordinator of the Volunteer Lawyer Project for Prairie State, recalled Farmer's reaction.
"I thought you forgot me,'' an emotional Farmer said as she stepped forward to accept the honor.
Other attorneys from Kankakee County recognized for pro bono work were Jack Beaupre, Roger Benson, Chris Bohlen, Ann Brezinski, Mary Elise Burnett, Deanna Carlson-Webb, John Coghlan, Doris Delaney, Marshall Dusenbury, Kathy Fuhrmann, Theresa Goudie, Matthew Gubbins, Brian Hiatt, Dawn Landwehr, Dana Meyer, Lindsay Parkhurst, Michael Parish, Neeley Provost-Regas, Robert Regas, Larry Serene, Rebecca Souligne, Mark Steffen, Kirsten Steeves and Diane Tomic.
Attorneys from Iroquois County honored for pro bono work were George Cuonzo, Kay Johnson, Theodore Spenn, Jennifer Simutis and Sabrina Ostrom.
Prairie State Legal Services provides free civil legal assistance to low-income individuals and senior citizens. Prairie State's Kankakee office serves Kankakee and Iroquois counties and employs two full-time attorneys. Participating private attorneys volunteer their time to provide additional pro bono assistance to eligible clients. For more information, call 815-935-2750.