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The Groves Law Offices Receives Pro Bono and Public Service APEX Award—Group │ Sept. 27, 2019

Updated: Sept. 27, 2019

Devoted Small Firm Enhances the Tacoma Community with Long-Running free Legal Clinic

SEATTLE [Sept. 27, 2019] — The Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) presented The Groves Law Offices, L.L.P., the 2019 APEX Pro Bono and Public Service Award (Group). This award is presented to a law firm, or other legal entity for outstanding cumulative efforts in providing pro bono services or that gives back in meaningful ways to the public, the community, or to the legal profession. WSBA President William D. Pickett presented the award at the annual WSBA APEX (Acknowledging Professional Excellence) Awards Dinner on Sept. 26 at the Sheraton Seattle.

Laura M. Groves and Travis S. Groves saw an unmet need in their community of Tacoma for legal aid, and they stepped up. For nearly three years, The Groves Law Office has opened its doors for a 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday legal clinic.

“Travis and Laura Groves reflect the spirt and intent of this award and their exceptional service in their free family-law legal clinic should be applauded and honored,” Tacoma criminal and family law attorney Andrea Jarmon said. “… With limited resources, short on time, and they have families, too—but every Saturday, they are here engaging and helping the community. That’s remarkable.”

As managing partners of The Groves Law Office, Laura and Travis’ clinic has helped with client overflow from other volunteer legal services, provided mediation services for pro se litigants, and taken on a regular flow of walk-in clients who need assistance navigating the court system in all manner of family law matters.

“We have not ever actually had a law firm contact us like Groves did and say, ‘Hey, we want to do pro bono work, can we partner with you guys?’” said TACOMAPROBONO Program Director & Bar Foundation Executive Director Laurie Davenport. “They are dedicated to the proposition that this is a really important part of their work. They basically will do whatever it takes to get help for people.”

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