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Kelly Pate, partner in the firm’s Montgomery office and member of the Litigation Practice, was appointed by the Supreme Court of Alabama to serve on the Access to Justice Commission. Kelly will serve a three-year term on the standing committee which works to improve access to quality legal representation.
The Access to Justice Commission was created by order of the Supreme Court of Alabama to coordinate, expand, and promote access to legal services for low-income or underrepresented individuals statewide. The 20-member commission includes citizens representing the legal profession, educational administration, religious community, military, business sector, and advocacy groups representing low-income Alabamians and volunteers.
“As a lawyer I feel compelled to serve our profession and the communities in which I live and work. Being an advocate for someone who might otherwise have trouble finding their voice because the individual cannot afford a lawyer is one of the most rewarding ways to meet that charge. I look forward to serving as a member of the Access to Justice Commission,” said Kelly.
Kelly is an active volunteer with the Pro Se Assistance Program, a project of the Middle District of Alabama Federal Bar Center. She represents clients in federal and state courts in a wide variety of business and employment matters. In addition to Kelly’s work with the Pro Se Assistance Program, she is a participant in the Montgomery Volunteer Lawyers “Wills for Heroes” program and has accepted appointments to represent litigants in federal district court litigation and in oral argument before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.