Kevin H. Yeager has been a lawyer for many years. He is a bankruptcy attorney and also specializes in many different fields. But this time, he is not only a seasoned lawyer, but also a person with a heart that gives. This is proven when Yeager opted to offer ‘pro bono’ work to help low income residents. Pro bono is a Latin term in which a service is offered without any pay, or if there is, it would be decreased greatly to a minimum.
For Yeager, pro bono work is cutting his time of solo legal practice to go to the Binghamton City Court to represent the low income tenants during eviction proceedings.
Yeager was one of the first volunteers of a pro bono program that was started in 2011 although it can be said that the program itself was not the first time that Yeager had engaged in a pro bono work. He had already helped and represented clients before in bankruptcy cases through the Attorney Involvement Program. During his time with the Legal Services of Broome and Chenango Counties, he served as president and board member.
For his pro bono work, he was one of 13 lawyers across New York to receive the 2014 President’s Pro Bono Service Awards as presented by the New York Bar Association.
Yeager says that every time he does a pro bono work, he says that it makes him feel good because he has help a desperate person in need. He also said that he gets more out of pro bono than giving.
Last year, about 150 lawyers had volunteered and given out 1000 hours of free service to the Legal Aid Society.
The volunteer work done by lawyers is critical to Legal Aid’s purpose and mission of helping out people in need.
When the Legal Aid Society began helping tenants, Yeager was quick to volunteer.
According to the Legal Aid Society, Kevin H. Yeager has been a remarkable volunteer because of the difficulties in bankruptcy cases wherein one would have to review numerous documents and appear in court which he all had seemed to have fulfilled.