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Kermit Lowery of LexisNexis Receives ABA’s Pro Bono Publico Award

Recognized for Leadership in Providing Legal Services to Disadvantaged in Greater Dayton, OH Area

August 11, 2014 — NEW YORK - Kermit Lowery, a vice president and assistant general counsel at LexisNexis Legal & Professional, received the American Bar Association's 2014 Pro Bono Publico Award, along with four other recipients, on Saturday, August 9, 2014, during the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston.

The ABA Pro Bono Publico Award is presented each year by the Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service to honor legal professionals and organizations that have enhanced the human dignity of others by improving or delivering volunteer legal services to the poor.

Mr. Lowery is the immediate past president and a current board member of the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project. He has spent many years and countless hours providing legal services to the less fortunate in the greater Dayton area, handling up to 20 pro bono cases per year, and leading workshops and other pro bono initiatives.

The Awards subcommittee, chaired by Judge Lora Livingston of Texas, was particularly impressed by Mr. Lowery's dedication to serving his community, the volume of his case load and the longevity of his commitment to pro bono work, especially given his demanding responsibilities as in-house attorney for a large company.

“Kermit has done so much for his community. He's constantly providing service to the less fortunate as well motivating the entire community to do so,” said Kelly Henrici, executive director of the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project.

Montgomery County Judge Mary Huffman, a judicial board member of the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project, said; “Kermit lives a commitment to pro bono work every day. He helps his underserved clients in so many ways, by listening to them and giving them a voice.”

For more than 26 years, Mr. Lowery has been a key legal adviser to the LexisNexis businesses. Prior to joining LexisNexis, Mr. Lowery was an Assistant Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG). He recently retired as a Colonel in the U.S. Army with more than 39 years of active and reserve duty.

Mr. Lowery is a member of the ABA and the Dayton Bar Association, where he serves as first vice president. He is also a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel and an advisory board member for the University of Dayton Program in Law and Technology.

Mr. Lowery graduated from Wright State University, with dual majors in Political Science and Communications, in 1980. He earned a J.D. degree in 1984 from the University of Dayton School of Law, from which he received the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award.

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