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San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program to honor Gary Holt

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program (SDVLP) said it will recognize Gary Holt at its annual "Justice For All Celebration," to be held next month.

Holt, who owns a San Diego-based law firm and also works as the artistic director of the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus, will be honored as "Pro Bono Attorney of the Year" for his work with SDVLP, which serves some of the most vulnerable individuals in the county by providing pro bono legal services.

Holt is a bankruptcy and consumer debt attorney who helps those affected by changes in employment, health or relationship status manage their debt and reclaim their financial independence. SDVLP officials say that he has been a tireless volunteer for the organization's HIV/AIDS Legal Services Project for many years.

"Our program is only as strong as the volunteers who give so selflessly of their time and expertise," said Amy Fitzpatrick, executive director of SDVLP. "These honorees are tremendous examples of why SDVLP has been able to provide such high quality legal representation for our county’s most vulnerable citizens; these honorees are some of our region’s most talented legal professionals."

Other awardees include Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP as Law Firm of the Year, and August Larsen of AJL Litigation Media.

The celebration will be held Sept. 13 at the San Diego Museum of Man in Balboa Park. Doors open 5:30 pm for networking, heavy hors d'oeuvres and a no host bar. The program begins at 7 pm.

The event will include the awards ceremony along with a presentation by a SDVLP client about the services received.

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San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, Inc, founded in 1983, serves approximately 5,000 individuals annually, making the organization the largest provider of a wide-ranging array of pro bono services in San Diego County. Lawyers from large firms to sole practitioners, with all types of legal expertise, volunteer their time by providing pro bono legal services to abused women, children, the homeless, veterans, immigrants, the seriously ill and many others who otherwise would go without legal representation. SDVLP’s staff of 20 attorneys and administrators, working in four locations around the county, coordinates volunteer efforts and handles a portion of the caseload. The organization’s key areas of representation include domestic violence prevention, guardianship law, family law, AIDS law, immigration law, children and youth law, class action and impact cases, support to the homeless and services to non-profit organizations.