Morgan Dake named winner of 2023 Neil Haight Pro Bono Award
Morgan Dake will receive the 2023 Neil Haight Pro Bono Award for her dedication to promoting pro bono representation in Montana.
Dake, who is the senior pro bono counsel at Crowley Fleck in Billings, was nominated by Alison Paul, executive director of Montana Legal Services Association, and Ellie Webster, MLSA’s pro bono coordinator.
“Morgan serves as one of MLSA’s main points of contact for statewide pro bono referrals,” Paul and Webster wrote in their nomination letter. “With Crowley being a large firm in the state, Morgan has been able to encourage pro bono work not only for her firm, but also for other private attorneys. Often, Morgan places legal aid case referrals internally, but more often will accept the case herself to provide pro bono services. Morgan plays a huge role in ensuring that low-income Montanans receive access to Justice.”
Dake also recently became chair of the State Bar of Montana’s Justice Initiatives Committee, and Paul and Webster call her “a driving force” on behalf of pro bono representation throughout Montana.
“Morgan’s dedication to providing access to justice has opened an opportunity for existing and future attorneys to engage in pro bono participation,” Webster and Paul wrote in their nomination letter.