The Bar Association of San Francisco’s Paralegal Section has announced its 2017 awards, including two Lieff Cabraser staff members.
We are delighted to announce that Lee Schuring was selected as a Legal Professional of the Year, and Max Blaisdell was chosen for the Pro Bono award – Paralegal. The two were feted at BASF’s Paralegal Section Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 5th. Also in attendance was Chair-elect of the BASF Paralegal Section, Lieff Cabraser Paralegal Manager Hazel Mottershead.
Lee Schuring has been a word processor at Lieff Cabraser for over 20 years, since 1995. An expert at his craft, Lee is viewed by the attorneys and staff at Lieff Cabraser as “simply an outstanding operator, one of the best of a highly skilled group” who “really cares about the firm’s clients and their causes, dedicated to pursuing social justice via litigation support for the firm and its myriad cases.”
Max Blaisdell has been a case clerk and then paralegal with LCHB since 2016. In this time he has quickly risen to be a lead paralegal on many of his cases. He works within our Product Liability/Economic Injury Practice group. An excellent paralegal with a passion for advocacy, Max is quick to volunteer on the firm’s pro-bono projects and cases.
Outside of work, Max has been a dedicated Volunteer Court Appointed Advocate within the SFCASA (San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocate Program). Max is the court appointed advocate for a 14-year old youth in the foster care system. They have developed a long-term relationship through regular informal social meetings; Max serves as the youth’s mentor and friend. His advocacy work includes writing extensive reports to the Court in advance of each review hearing. Max attends each of the hearings, and connects with each service provider to ensure that the youth receives the best available services. He works diligently to make sure that the child’s rights are not abrogated. In addition, Max coaches youth basketball for the San Francisco YMCA.