The Greensboro Bar Association’s 2021 Pro Bono Award was presented to Taniya D. Reaves at the virtual member meeting on January 20, 2022.
Taniya is well deserving of this award. She earned her Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2016 and started to practice law after passing the North Carolina bar exam in February 2017. Since then, she has been an Assistant County Attorney in the Office of the Guilford County Attorney.
Legal Aid’s managing director, Janet McAuley-Blue, nominated Taniya because she has been very generous in contributing her time by handling expunction cases.
Mark Payne, the recently-retired Guilford County Attorney and presenter of the award, had this to say about Taniya: “First of all, Taniya is an outstanding lawyer who I know has put a significant amount of time into pro bono work. I cannot tell you exactly how much because she is also an extremely conscientious lawyer who is scrupulous about doing it all on her own time and not interfering with her work with the county. The county does not give her any extra time for this kind of pro bono work as some law firms do. (Of course, all her work is, in fact, for the public and, especially the disadvantaged. A significant portion, perhaps the majority of her work is in Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services and Child Support.) She does not have to account to me for her hours as it is all on her own time.” Mr. Payne added that Taniya does up to 50 expunctions per year and she reported 82 hours in pro bono time to the GBA and the North Carolina State Bar.
The Greensboro Bar Association is proud to recognize Taniya Reaves for outstanding pro bono service.