Anne Randall and Noelle Valentine, both working out of Alston & Bird’s Charlotte office, were awarded Impact Pro Bono Awards by Business Leader magazine on April 28. The awards were presented as part of “The Power of Justice” event in Charlotte, sponsored by the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA), Business Leader, Time Warner Cable, the United Way and Smith Anderson. The event, attended by many prominent members of both the legal and business communities, recognized those attorneys who are making an impact through their pro bono work in North Carolina.
Anne Randall was honored for her pro bono service to the Charlotte community, including her work on the North Carolina Bar’s 2008 “Justice 4 All” project, and her three-year endeavor representing a man seeking asylum in the United States. Randall also works with the Election Protection program by providing legal support and interpretations of the voting laws to polls on voting days, and serves on Alston & Bird’s Volunteer Lawyer’s Program Committee, affording her the opportunity to make sure that the firm fulfills its commitment to the Charlotte community by providing pro bono work to those in need.
Noelle Valentine was likewise honored for her passion to provide dedicated legal counsel to the less fortunate so that they can live the American Dream. Noelle has been instrumental in representing a Honduran family with four young children seeking asylum in the United States. She has assisted a Costa Rican victim of domestic violence with the deportation process and worked closely with an elderly woman from the Philippines who fell victim to a large mortgage fraud scheme. Valentine has also served as appointed counsel for several Spanish-speaking clients facing federal charges related to immigration and the possession of fraudulent identification documents.
Both Randall and Valentine will be profiled with other Impact Pro Bono Awards by Business Leader magazine in its June 2008 issue.