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Terri Letica named first emeritus board member of the Volunteer Lawyers Project

April 11, 2018 By Rob Abruzzese, Legal Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Terri Letica, a founding member of Brooklyn’s Volunteer Lawyers Project, was elected as the first member of its emeritus board. Photo courtesy of the Volunteer Lawyers Project
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The Brooklyn Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) recently announced the election its first emeritus board member, Terri Letica, during its March 27 board meeting.

“Terri was a founding member of the VLP,” said James P. Slattery, VLP board of directors president. “She took the concept of a volunteer force of attorneys helping people in need and made it a reality.

“She stayed the course for over 27 years in keeping the organization afloat and insuring that we were always reaching for the stars in terms of being better,” Slattery continued. “I can think of no one more deserving of being the VLP premier emeritus member than Terri Letica.”

Letica was a founding board member of VLP and served in that capacity for 27 years, which spanned nine separate terms. She is credited with helping to form the concept and structure of the organization in 1990 and helped to set up all of its original programming.

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Letica was VLP’s founding secretary and fundraising chair until 1993 and was president from 1993 until 1997. Since then she has served as the chair of the nominating committee and co-chair of the development committee.

VLP created the emeritus board to recognize outstanding retiring and past board members who have served the organization for at least 15 years. They are nominated by VLP’s executive committee and proposed for election to the full board.

Letica is expected to be called upon to help strategically guide the organization in her role as founding member of VLP’s emeritus board.

VLP was created in 1990 to help special needs and low-income residents of Brooklyn access the legal system with proper representation. The group routinely holds continuing legal education seminars for attorneys to train them in exchange for taking on cases pro bono.

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