Monday, September 10, 2012
Charlotte, N.C. (September 10, 2012) - University of San Diego (USD) School of Law alumna Kate Payerle, '07 (JD) was presented the Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award at the first Annual Pro Bono Awards at the Charlotte City Club in Charlotte, N.C. Payerle was recognized for her dedication to serving local families in need with donated legal services.
“I began doing pro bono work to develop courtroom advocacy and case management skills as a young associate,” said Payerle in a press release. “But the habit stuck when I discovered firsthand what Legal Aid of North Carolina has known all along: our remarkable system of justice is a disappointment—sometimes even an enemy—to those with no meaningful access to it. I can only hope my work with Legal Aid gives at least a few people access to and renewed faith in that system.”
Payerle accepted her first pro bono case with Legal Aid of North Carolina in 2009. After two and a half years and 279 hours on the case, she not only achieved a favorable result for her client, but also won her first pro bono jury trial in Mecklenburg County Superior Court. And more than that, the client credits her with helping restore his life.
Payerle is an associate at Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, PA and focuses on litigation practice on behalf of individual and corporate clients, aggressively litigating financial services industry disputes, personal injury lawsuits, employment litigation, agency proceedings and trade secret claims.
About the University of San Diego School of Law
Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.
USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.