Teresa ScharfAnyone who knows her will agree that Teresa Scharf is super-human. Teresa, a paralegal with Ulmer & Berne LLP, has been one of the strongest and most consistent forces behind pro bono work in Columbus for the past several years. Although it seems as though Teresa has always been a part of the LASC family, she first volunteered with our Brief Advice Clinic at Broad Street United Methodist Church about six years ago. Teresa joined coordinator and Porter Wright paralegal Barry Kiser in organizing recruitment of volunteer attorneys and management of intake. Barry has been grateful for Teresa, who helps the clinic run smoothly with her “dedication, enthusiasm, and reliability.”

Over the years, Teresa has also offered her recruitment skills for other LASC-sponsored clinics, including the former program at Christian Assembly Church and the clinic at First Church of God. In 2012, Teresa joined Sherri Lazear, formerly of Baker Hostetler, and Sally Bloomfield from Bricker & Eckler in their development of the new YWCA Family Center clinic sponsored by LASC. On her experience with Teresa, Sherri remarks: “She has been an extraordinary volunteer at the legal clinic located at the Family Center. She brings a wealth of experience along with her superb organizational skills. We feel very fortunate to have Teresa as part of our team.”

Teresa has also been instrumental in the development and execution of the PACO/LASC Wills clinic. LASC Attorney Marcia Palof works closely with Teresa, commenting “It is an honor and a pleasure to work with Teresa on pro bono projects. She truly sees helping others with her special skills as a calling, and fortunately she is great at what she does.” Teresa’s enthusiasm is apparently contagious because her husband Fred has participated in all of the Wills Clinics as our IT specialist, enabling the clinic to execute documents onsite.

Teresa’s energy cannot be matched, and those of us who work with her are not surprised when we receive emails at 11:30 PM followed by messages at 6:00 AM. She is a true force of nature, and her efforts have not gone unnoticed. She has received pro bono awards from PACO, the Central Ohio Association for Justice, the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, and the Legal Aid Society of Columbus. As Barry Kiser summed it up: “It’s amazing that she has the time to do all that she does, and to do it so well.”

LASC could not support its pro bono activity without all of our volunteer coordinators who attend the monthly clinics, field attorney inquiries, and ensure that clients are treated with the highest level of service. Thank you, Teresa, for filling that role in so many of our programs and for doing so with such a compassionate and positive attitude. We are thankful for you!

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