Belleville lawyer Roza Gossage is being recognized by the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) for her pro bono work, helping members of the military and their families with legal issues.

She is one of 10 lawyers statewide designated for that honor, according to ISBA President Mark D. Hassakis, who launched the ISBA Lawyers Care Program as part of his presidential term to salute ISBA members who have made a difference in their communities.

She and the other recipients will receive a plaque at the ISBA's annual meeting in June, and be included in a statewide print advertising campaign.

"These lawyers have gone above and beyond to help members of the military with their legal problems, including employment issues, civil and criminal court actions, and family issues that, unfortunately, sometimes arise for deployed soldiers," Hassakis said. "These lawyers are not alone in rising to meet the legal needs of military families. Many others also have done so. We're proud of all of them."

"Lawyers throughout the state are working hard in their communities to help those in need," Hassakis said. "They deserve recognition for their community service outside of the normal course of their law practice."

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