Lewis and Roca Attorney Melanie Pate Recipient of Attorney of the Month Award by Volunteer Lawyers Program

Lewis and Roca LLP is pleased to announce that partner Melanie Pate has been honored as a recipient of the 2013 Volunteer Lawyers Programs’ (VLP) “Attorney of the Month” award for July.

This award is given for outstanding participation in VLP’s Domestic Violence Mentoring Program, a program that is coordinated by the Avon Program for Women and Justice at the O’Connor House, Community Legal Services and the VLP. The honor recognizes situations where they have responded in areas of greatest need, where their efforts have produced positive outcomes, where they have demonstrated ongoing commitment to assisting low income clients, and where their leadership has engaged their colleagues in pro bono work. The firm has hosted multiple training sessions for the Program’s volunteer lawyers and mentors.

Pate, a partner with the firm’s Litigation practice group, focuses her practice primarily on Labor and Employment issues. Due to her previous employment as Chief Counsel of the Arizona Civil Rights Division, Pate brings a true insider’s perspective into how state and federal civil rights agencies function, and she has strong relationships with key stakeholders within these agencies. She currently assists public and private employers with all aspects of labor and employment advice and litigation issues.


Co-sponsored by Community Legal Services and the Maricopa County Bar Association, VLP makes it possible for attorneys to provide a few hours of service or advice regarding civil law matters. Since 1981, the Volunteer Lawyers Program has been uniting those in need with volunteer attorneys whose generous counsel gives thousands of Arizonans new hope for a better life.

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