How a mother’s quote instilled a lawyer’s lifelong pursuit of helping others. What are you doing to be unprecedented?

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How a mother’s quote instilled a lawyer’s lifelong pursuit of helping others. What are you doing to be unprecedented?

“I don’t care how bad you think you have it, it could always be worse. You should help other people and give back to your community.”

Throughout her life, Kermit Lowery’s mother reminded her 4 children of this. And this is what Mr. Lowery has been doing for the more than 20 years, spending countless hours providing legal services to the less fortunate in the greater Dayton area. From handling up to 20 pro bono cases per year, mentoring young attorneys, as well as leading workshops and other pro bono initiatives, Mr. Lowery doesn’t think that he is doing anything extraordinary, but just doing what he should be doing.

“Kermit lives a commitment to pro bono work every day. He helps his underserved clients in so many ways, by listening to them and giving them a voice,” according to Montgomery County Judge Mary Huffman, a judicial board member of the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project."

For his dedication to serving his community, the volume of his case load and the longevity of his commitment to pro bono work, Mr. Lowery was awarded the American Bar Association's 2014 Pro Bono Publico Award during the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston.

And, if his mother were here today and knew that he had received this award, Mr. Lowery thinks she would say,

“I am extremely proud of you, and proud of this award you have received. Now, roll up your sleeves and get to work because you need to continue doing more.”

Kermit Lowery is a vice president and assistant general counsel at LexisNexis Legal & Professional. Mr. Lowery is the immediate past president and a current board member of the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project

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