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May 29, 2009

VSB Legal Aid Award Recognizes Freddie L. Goode of Richmond


Freddie L. Goode, senior managing attorney at Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, has been selected for the 2009 Legal Aid Award by the Virginia State Bar’s Access to Legal Services Committee.

The award recognizes lawyers employed by legal aid societies licensed by the Virginia State Bar. Recipients are chosen for their advocacy, quality of service, and impact beyond their service area.

Since Goode joined CVLAS as a paralegal and law clerk in 1988, he has become successful in challenging denials of Social Security and Supplemental Security Income. “He also does a considerable amount of representation of older adults and disabled clients,” according to the nomination letter from Henry W. McLaughlin III, CVLAS executive director.

Goode visits his clients in their own homes, hospitals, and adult homes. “A large number of clients have been able to escape lives of quiet desperation to enter lives of dignity with a steady income and Medicare because of success in appeals to administrative law judges,” McLaughlin wrote.

In addition to Goode’s managerial duties at offices in Richmond, Petersburg, and Charlottesville, he routinely carries more than 180 cases and regularly works the agency’s emergency rotation, to handle urgent cases such as stopping evictions.

He also has an “extraordinary record of innovation in recruitment and supervision of volunteers,” McLaughlin wrote. Goode supervises more than twenty lay volunteers, who help with disability cases. In addition, he trains and backs up attorneys who volunteer to staff a pro bono hotline through CVLAS, in a program sponsored by the Virginia Bar Association.

A native of West Palm Beach, Florida, Goode has a bachelor’s degree from Golden Gate University and a law degree from the University of Florida.

The Legal Aid Award will be presented June 19, 2009, during the VSB Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach.

Updated: May 29, 2009