Thursday, May 1, 2008

Volunteer Attorney of the Year

Congratulations to Steve Zega, named by Legal Aid of Arkansas as Washington County's Outstanding Volunteer Attorney of the Year. He donated more than 35 hours of pro bono legal work last year, valued at more than $4,500 to low-income clients. Most of this free legal service has been to help victims of domestic abuse, and he has demonstrated an understanding of the larger dynamics of the complicated interaction between poverty and violence.

"No one should have to live without justice because he or she lives without wealth," Zega said. He has handled 15 cases since becoming a volunteer for the Equal Access to Justice Panel in 1996, focusing on cases involving domestic violence, families in need of services in juvenile court, guardianships and consumer matters for the elderly.

Steve currently serves as a Justice of the Peace on the Washington County Quorum Court and is takng the lead in energy conservation and alternative energy as chairman of the Quorum Court's Energy Committee that is cutting energy costs by moving to alternative solar water heat at the county detention center. He is a also Major in the Arkansas National Guard and a veteran of the occupation of Iraq, where he was with the Judge Advocate General's Corp.

Zega lives in Fayetteville with his wife Kelley, a public affairs manager for Cox Communications, and their daughter Haley, who recently received state recognition by the Duke University Talent Identification Program.

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