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Abramson — Legal Aid Volunteer Attorney of the Year — appointed to Arkansas Court of Appeals

By: 27 August 2010 One Comment

Raymond Abramson, the Legal Aid of Arkansas Volunteer Attorney of the Year, was appointed to the Arkansas Court of Appeals by Gov. Mike Beebe on Aug. 1.

Abramson, of Clarendon, was named Volunteer Attorney of the Year for his work in Monroe County.

The award, given each year by Legal Aid — a nonprofit corporation providing free legal services to low-income individuals — recognizes outstanding volunteerism and service. Abramson, a three-time winner of the award, continues to excel as a volunteer in support of pro bono services.

Abramson has a long history of pro bono service in Monroe County, as he was one of the founders of East Arkansas Legal Services. He also helped start Legal Aid of Arkansas and has been critical to the success of that program in the Delta. His leadership and efforts toward program building over many years have served as a strong advocate for pro bono work in the county.

“Mr. Abramson helped start the Equal Access to Justice Panel with the Bar Association in Monroe County in 2002,” said Susan M. Purtle, pro bono manager and senior attorney for Legal Aid. “He worked with Legal Aid of Arkansas and the American Bar Association to design a program that would benefit Monroe County. Despite the many leadership positions Mr. Abramson has in the Delta, he is always willing to take time to help those that otherwise would have nowhere else to turn.”

Abramson, a fourth generation citizen of Holly Grove, has been in private practice in Clarendon since 1976. He was the Monroe County Public Defender and special judge for Clarendon and Brinkley District Court. He has formerly served as Clarendon Municipal Court Judge, Holly Grove Police Court Judge, and Holly Grove City Attorney.

He graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville in 1976. His is a past president of the Monroe County Bar Association and past president of the Arkansas Public Defender Association. He serves on the Supreme Court Committee on Criminal Practice, the Supreme Court Committee on Criminal Jury Instructions, the Committee on Opportunities for Women and Minorities and on the Judicial Article Task Force.

Among his many civic activities, he is currently chairman of the Monroe County Community Foundation Board of Directors, chairman of the Mid Delta Health Systems Board of Directors, chairman of the Holly Grove Library Board and chairman of the Holly Grove Food Pantry. He has been active in the Holly Grove Rotary Club and served as legal counsel for Eastern Arkansas Area Council of Boy Scouts. He is a former Eagle Scout and recipient of the Silver Beaver Award.

He is married to Mockie Abramson and the couple has two daughters. Since 1992 he has been a partner in the R. Abramson Company, which has operated in Holly Grove and Monroe County for 140 years.

Legal Aid of Arkansas is a non-profit corporation with a vision to improve the lives of low-income Arkansans by championing equal access to justice regardless of economic or social circumstances. Legal Aid provides free legal help with civil matters to those who qualify. If you or someone you know needs help with a legal problem, has questions for a lawyer, has been sued, or doesn’t know where to turn, call the Legal Aid Hotline at (800)952-9243.

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