PB lawyer honored

Attorney and Pine Bluff native William McShane “Shane” Bridgforth has been selected the 2011 Jefferson County VOCALS Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, according to VOCALS Pro Bono Coordinator Donna Ramsey.

The volunteer organization for the Center for Arkansas Legal Services awards the honor each year to an attorney who demonstrates outstanding commitment to providing pro bono service to low- income residents.

“Shane is always ready to step in and assist our clients in settling their legal matters,” said Ramsey. “He is a great asset to our VOCALS panel.”

Bridgforth, who is a partner at Ramsay, Bridgforth, Robinson & Raley, has handled a 41 VOCALS cases over the course of his legal career. His clients — none of whom had the financial resources to hire a private attorney — have included domestic violence victims and non-parental caregivers of young children.

“I have always believed in equal justice for all people and that people in our community should have access to the assistance of an attorney in important legal matters regardless of their economic status,” said Bridgforth. “It is a great honor to have been selected the 2011 VOCALS Attorney of the Year for Jefferson County.”

Bridgforth is a 1990 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi and served on the moot court team. He is a member of the Jefferson County Arkansas Bar, and American Bar Association, and currently serves on the Arkansas Supreme Court on Model Jury Instructions — Civil. He is vice president of the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation.