VLA Consumer Rights Attorney Receives National Award
Vermont Legal Aid attorney Grace Pazdan received the prestigious Henry J. Sommer Scholarship for the 2016 National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) Annual Convention to be held in San Francisco May 19-22, 2016.
Grace works in Vermont Legal Aid’s Montpelier office, defending clients throughout Vermont against foreclosure and advocating for consumer rights.
According to NACBA, Grace was selected from a large field of accomplished consumer bankruptcy attorneys to recognize her “achievements and dedication to serving low-income, elderly and disabled consumers facing foreclosure and debt collection.”
A 2006 summa cum laude graduate of American University Washington College of Law, Grace was selected in 2008 to serve as the first Vermont Poverty Law Fellow. During the two-year fellowship, which was based at VLA, she drafted and advocated for legislation that resulted in Vermont enacting a mediation program for homeowners facing foreclosure.
“Vermont Legal Aid is very fortunate to be able to attract smart, talented attorneys like Grace who graduate from top law schools and are passionate about helping the most vulnerable people in Vermont with legal problems that threaten their rights, their home, their job, or their health,” said Vermont Legal Aid’s Executive Director, Eric Avildsen. “This award not only provides Grace the opportunity and resources to elevate her practice, it also provides independent validation of the high quality of representation our clients receive.”
NACBA is a national organization dedicated to serving the needs of consumer bankruptcy attorneys and protecting the rights of consumer debtors in bankruptcy.