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Press Release

Miller Thomson lawyer receives Zenith Award

Canada NewsWire

Saskatoon-based lawyer recognized for commitment to representing children and youth

TORONTO, Sept. 22, 2011 /CNW/ - Miller Thomson lawyer Charmaine Panko was presented with a Zenith Award last night, in the category of Pro Bono of the Year by an Individual Lawyer. The Zenith Awards recognize Canadian law firms, in-house departments and law students who have committed their time, skills and mentorship to corporate and law firm social responsibility.

Charmaine Panko is an Associate in the Saskatoon office of Miller Thomson, where she specializes in conflict resolution as a collaborative lawyer, mediator, arbitrator and trainer. She was chosen for the award for her work with the Child and Youth Representation Roster in Saskatchewan, where she has helped lend a voice to children and youth involved in child welfare proceedings since 2008.

"During her career, Charmaine has been dedicated to providing pro bono services to protect the rights of children and youth," said Rick Van Beselaere, Managing Partner of Miller Thomson's offices in Regina and Saskatoon. "She applies that same sense of dedication and commitment to her clients and to serving as a mentor to lawyers throughout Saskatchewan, particularly in areas of dispute resolution and negotiation."

Panko volunteers with Pro Bono Students Canada and as a mentor with the CBA student mentoring program. She is a lawyer on the Children's Advocate Office Child and Youth Representation Roster, where she provides independent legal counsel to children in child protection proceedings. She has also contributed to the Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association newsletter and CBA Bar Notes. Panko is also actively involved in the community, and regularly volunteers as a board member for non-profit organizations.

"Miller Thomson is committed to identifying opportunities where we can assist members of our communities who are unable to obtain access to justice or legal services," said Gerald Courage, Chair of Miller Thomson. "The dedication of people like Charmaine fuels the success of our Pro Bono program, helping to make a difference in communities across Canada."

Panko was called to the Saskatchewan bar in 2007. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan College of Law with distinction, and is now recognized in her specialty area of practice as a sessional lecturer to upper year students, teaching Negotiation at the College of Law.

About Miller Thomson
Miller Thomson LLP is a national business law firm with more than 470 lawyers working from 11 offices across Canada. The firm offers a complete range of business law, advocacy and personal legal services. Miller Thomson works regularly with in-house legal departments and external counsel world-wide to facilitate cross-border and multinational transactions and business needs. Miller Thomson offices are located in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Markham and Montréal.

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