Tamar E. Hodges was one of five attorneys who received this year’s Pro Bono Publico Awards for their commitment to helping Missouri residents by providing free or reduced-fee services. Through the awards, The Missouri Bar highlights lawyers and law firms for outstanding pro bono activities.
Hodges is associate general counsel and data privacy officer with Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. She graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law and has been on The Missouri Bar’s Pro Bono Wall of Fame for three consecutive years, which recognizes lawyers who perform more than 40 hours of pro bono annually.
“This award reminds me to appreciate the fact that some of our state’s most vulnerable people trusted me with their lives and their issues at stake and that, without their trust, I would not have been acknowledged for this award,” Hodges said. “Unfortunately, people of a lower socioeconomic status are oftentimes taken advantage of and are not aware of their remedies or what the proper legal course of action should be. We have a moral obligation to help those who cannot help themselves.”