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The Good We Do: Lucien A. Morin II

When Lucien A. Morin II learned that the Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County (VLSP) had a backlog of 19 bankruptcy cases in 2009, he didn't shy away from helping.

Believing that "people should not have to wait a year for a lawyer," Morin turned to his assistant and asked her, "Are you ready? Let's do this."

A determined Morin cleared out the full backlog in 2009 and took on four more cases on the 2012 backlog.

Those who know Morin are not surprised by his community service. His father Lucien A. Morin, a former county executive of Monroe County, always stressed to his family the importance of giving back.

"To us, it was the community of Monroe and we assisted those in need," said Morin, a partner of McConville, Considine, Cooman & Morin and a Chapter 7 trustee.

Morin began volunteering with the VLSP through the encouragement of the late Hanna Cohn, a past executive director of the VLSP.

When the Great Recession hit, Morin noticed many people approached VLSP with bankruptcy problems, but there were not enough lawyers to help them.

"There are more and more demands on attorneys since the 2005 amendment," of the bankruptcy law, said Morin.

The VLSP clients he helped were mostly women, notably single mothers and grandmothers blindsided by the recession.

"People who used to be above the poverty level were all of a sudden creeping down. I saw a lot of people who have slipped or who lost jobs," said Morin.

Having seen firsthand how lawyers can help people in need, Morin encourages his colleagues to take on cases and help reduce the backlog.

"It's been very rewarding. I enjoy helping people and being able to help them get a fresh start," said Morin. "We are able to help them get their lives back together."

Aside from his bankruptcy work, Morin assisted 38 clients through the VLSP's Debt Collection Advice Clinic in 2011. A veteran himself, Morin enjoys helping other veterans.

Morin received the President's Pro Bono Service Award for the Seventh Judicial District in 2012.

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