In observance of Law Day, May 1 Legal Aid of Arkansas announces that David Solomon of Helena has been chosen Volunteer Attorney of the Year for Phillips County.  The award recognizes outstanding volunteerism and service to the residents of the county. 

 

In observance of Law Day, May 1 Legal Aid of Arkansas announces that David Solomon of Helena has been chosen Volunteer Attorney of the Year for Phillips County.  The award recognizes outstanding volunteerism and service to the residents of the county. 
Susan M. Purtle, pro bono manager and senior attorney for Legal Aid of Arkansas states,  “I’m sure a lot of people can say this, but it is possible I wouldn’t have a job if it weren’t for Mr. Solomon.  He helped found East Arkansas Legal Services, predecessor of Legal Aid of Arkansas.  He assisted in getting the American Bar Association to come to Helena when we started the Equal Access to Justice Panel with the Phillips County Bar Association in 2001.  More importantly, in 2002 he stood in support when the Phillips County Bar Association was the first Bar Association in the Delta to pass a resolution supporting pro bono work among local lawyers. 
But what has Mr. Solomon done for Legal Aid and the cause of justice lately? Like yesterday and the weeks before that?  He donated his time and service for Phillips County clients.  In 2011, other attorneys donated more hours than he, including Eddie Schieffler, Charles Halbert, Jesse “Rusty” Porter and Phillip Allen, but he was among the top five.  He donated money to the Promise of Justice/Representing Hope Campaign.  His donation of $500 helped clients at order-of-protection hearings and divorce proceedings in Phillips County.  His support of Legal Aid of Arkansas in Phillips County enhances the image of all lawyers and the legal profession as we celebrate attorneys who fight to preserve our freedoms on Law Day.
In addition to his service through Legal Aid’s Equal Access to Justice Panel, he also volunteers for Arkansas Volunteer Lawyers for the Elderly (AVLE).  i
About his pro bono service he says, “ My parents taught me to give back to others.” 
Solomon received his bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and his Juris Doctorate from Harvard University.