Aong Moua Honored as a 2014 Unsung Legal Hero by Minnesota Lawyers
Aong Moua, a paralegal in the Minneapolis office of Stinson Leonard Street LLP, has been honored as a 2014 Unsung Legal Hero by Minnesota Lawyer, based on her consistent dedication to clients and her commitment to helping her community through pro bono services. Minnesota Lawyer presented the award to Moua on Sept. 9 at the publication's annual awards reception. She is also featured in a special edition of Minnesota Lawyer that was published on Sept. 16.
Each year Minnesota Lawyer recognizes legal professionals who work behind-the-scenes in law firms, in-house legal departments, government agencies and other legal businesses. Minnesota Lawyer seeks input from judges, bar groups and attorneys to identify deserving paralegals and honorees in six other administrative categories.
"Aong always has been the most important member of our team," said Lara Glaesman, a partner in Stinson Leonard Street’s Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights Division who nominated Moua for the award and has worked with her for more than seven years. "She is first and foremost a fantastic paralegal, but she does so much more to keep me and others on track and she works tirelessly to make sure that our client’s needs and expectations are being met."
In addition to bankruptcy and business litigation paralegal responsibilities, Moua often acts as a legal assistant, client resource, editor, calendar clerk, billing clerk, travel agent, marketing assistant and translator.
Glaesman added that Moua undertakes her many roles with a warm demeanor and can-do attitude, often staying well after normal office hours to get filings or services completed for the benefit of the firm's clients.
"Every day, she does it all without complaint and with a smile on her face," said Glaesman.
Moua's commitment to helping her community through pro bono efforts is equally impressive. In 2012, she contributed 102 pro bono hours to the areas of family law, Social Security and immigration services, including work on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals cases. Her contributions included undertaking legal research assignments, organizing case materials and preparing documents for hearings. She even used her own car, gas money and time to take pro bono clients to the Bloomington, Minnesota, immigration office and other local government offices.
In 2013, Moua contributed 101 hours to pro bono work. Her efforts included working on immigration matters from the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, a matter from Cancer Legal Line, a Federal Bar Association case, a section 1983 lawsuit, a family law matter from Project for Pride in Living and an employment discrimination case from the Federal Bar Association's Pro Se Project.
By the end of the first quarter in 2014, Moua had already contributed 20 hours to multiple pro bono cases.
About Stinson Leonard Street
Stinson Leonard Street LLP provides sophisticated transactional and litigation legal services to clients ranging from individuals and privately held enterprises to national and international public companies. As one of the 75 largest firms in the U.S., Stinson Leonard Street has more than 520 attorneys and offices in 14 cities, including Minneapolis, Mankato and St. Cloud, Minn.; Kansas City, St. Louis and Jefferson City, Mo.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Denver, Colo.; Washington, D.C.; Decatur, Ill.; Wichita and Overland Park, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; and Bismarck, N.D.