Curriculum vitae also popped up among the questions: is it (a) one’s accomplishments or (b) the course of one’s life?
In the course of Derrick Spatorico’s life (Pheterson Spatorico LLP), he took on a pro bono case in March 2015 that finally concluded in January 2017.
When he responded to a VLSP urgent call for volunteers in early 2015, he never imagined spending hundreds of hours over the course of some 23 months. Empire Justice was defending a husband and wife facing eviction and a partition action based on foreclosure on a second mortgage. They needed co-counsel to defend the wife as the developer filed a complaint against the now elderly couple.
“Had I known it would take so many months of work, I would have thought twice about taking the case,” admitted Spatorico. “It ended up being the right decision because this lady really needed my help. As I get older, I see more and more people who are in need of good legal services. I encourage my young associates to donate time every year.”
Vasanthi Pillai, VLSP staff attorney overseeing the case assignment, was pleased to share the news that the trial ended in January –with a result favorable to the home owners.
Without Mr. Spatorico’s dedication, for the public good, the result would have been different. And pro bono work has been a part of his life experience in the course of his career.
Written by Nora A. Jones *Took 3 years of Latin at Ashtabula High School 1967- 1970; got a 93% on the FB quiz.