2016 Pro Bono Attorneys of the Year
W. Ray Nickle
In 2015, W. Ray Nickle demonstrated his commitment to serving low-income individuals by volunteering pro bono service to the citizens of Arkansas in the Legal Aid of Arkansas service area. On Law Day, May 1, he is being recognized with the Overall Outstanding Service Award for work done in 2015. The award, given each year by Legal Aid of Arkansas, recognizes an attorney who best personifies the ideals of volunteerism and professionalism in the 31 counties Legal Aid serves.
Nickle grew up in Wyoming and attended Augustana College then graduated with high honors from Idaho State University in 1983. He received his Juris Doctorate in 1986 from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville. “To simply give back and help people” is what motivates him to volunteer his time with Legal Aid of Arkansas clients.
Nickle is married to Sharon Nickle and has 2 sons, John and Greg. He enjoys golf, hunting and attending sporting events. His practice, Nickle Law Firm, is located at 301 W. Matthews, Jonesboro, AR.
In observance of Law Day, May 1, 2016, Legal Aid of Arkansas announces that Jack Butt of Fayetteville has been chosen for the Arkansas Volunteer Lawyers for the Elderly Service Award. The Arkansas Volunteer Lawyers for the Elderly program is a division of Legal Aid of Arkansas that serves clients over the age of sixty. The award recognizes outstanding volunteerism and service to elderly residents. Butt donated his pro bono hours exclusively to elderly clients who were in need of assistance on foreclosure issues.
Butt was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1975 and the Arkansas bar in 1981. He received his B.A. in 1972 from the University of Virginia and his J.D. with Honors in 1975 and LL.M. in Taxation in 1979 from The National Law Center of George Washington University. He joined the firm Davis, Clark, Butt, Carithers & Taylor, PLC in 1981 after four years’ practice with the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps and two years’ private practice in Fairfax, Virginia.
Butt has been rated AV-Preeminent by Martin-Hubbell since 1994 and is listed in Best Lawyers in America in Trusts and Estates and in SuperLawyers in Commercial Litigation. He received the Arkansas Bar Association’s Outstanding Lawyer Citizen Award for 1999-2000. Butt is a member of the Washington County and Arkansas Bar Associations, and is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court and the United States Supreme Court.
Butt is married to Anne Butt and has 3 children, Mary Claire York, Anna Harper, and Jackson Butt. He enjoys golf, hunting, hiking, canoeing, and snow skiing. He also plays the piano to unwind.
In observance of Law Day, May 1, 2016, Legal Aid of Arkansas announces that Benjamin Poole is being recognized for his outstanding volunteerism for the Medical-Legal Partnership with Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Legal Aid of Arkansas. Poole donated over 23 hours of pro bono service to medical-legal partnership clients during 2015. His donation has a conservative value of $4,600 to the community.
Poole graduated from the University of Essex (UK) in 1999. During his junior year of college he interned in Senator Edward Kennedy’s office. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 2003. He has been practicing law since 2004 and is currently employed by Walmart. “Walmart’s Pro Bono Program is exceptionally well organized and administered. It makes serving deserving clients easier with such great support. Legal Aid of Arkansas does a great job of helping us receive worthy and important cases from Arkansas Children’s Hospital” says Poole.
Poole is married to wife Libby and they have a daughter, Evie. Poole enjoys traveling, running and music.