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Katherine Bestine receives the Divorce Pro Bono award

BY: Community Papers of WNY Staff | December 06, 2012

KENMORE - The Volunteer Lawyers Project honored Katherine Bestine, a partner of Cohen and Lombardo P.C., with the Divorce Pro Bono award at the organization’s awards reception.

The Divorce Pro Bono award is given to an individual who consistently takes multiple VLP client cases involving matrimonial law and always provides quality representation.

Bestine was among several other attorneys who received accolades in areas such as bankruptcy, government and immigration.

Created by the Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. and the Bar Association of Erie County, the VLP provides private, free civil legal services for low-income individuals and small not-for-profit organizations.

More than 400 volunteer attorneys conduct telephone interviews, client intake, case screenings and match appropriate attorneys to 3,500 cases each year, which equates to nearly $1 million in donated legal services.

The organization also extends its services to special programs that involve landlord/tenant law, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS and immigration.

Bestine is a graduate of the State University of the New York College at Buffalo and received her juris doctor degree from the University of Dayton School of Law.

She focuses her practice in the field of matrimonial and family law and is a past and present member of several organizations, while serving on committees and boards for countless local agencies.

Bestine resides in Kenmore.

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