(Mineola, NY) Nassau County continues to have the highest mortgage foreclosure rate in downstate New York. Currently, 1 in 950 homes is in foreclosure. To help Nassau residents with their foreclosure issues, attorney William J. A. Sparks of Merrick is always one of the first Nassau County Bar Association members to volunteer, whether for legal consultation clinics or representation in court.
For his outstanding commitment and long-time volunteer service, Nassau County Bar Association President Peter J. Mancuso has named him Pro Bono Attorney of the Month for December 2013.
Twice a month, NCBA offers free legal consultation clinics to any Nassau resident with issues involving mortgage foreclosure or as a result of Superstorm Sandy. Volunteer attorneys provide one-on-one consultations and referrals, and other resources are available in the room, including HUD-certified loan counselors, bankruptcy attorneys, and other assistance. Attorneys also volunteer to represent residents at daily court-mandated foreclosure conferences.
Sparks earned his law degree from Duke University School of Law, and is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey and Florida. His career has included both large firms such as Dewey Ballantine Bushby Palmer & Wood as well as Fortune 500 Corporations including Olin and W. R. Grace & Co. He has managed litigation teams responsible for handling complex litigation and other corporate legal problems. His expertise includes product liability and tort litigation management, Chapter 11 reorganization as well as focusing on legal ethics specifically involving internal investigations and attorney client privilege. Sparks has also served as an adjunct professor at Pace Law School, teaching courses on product liability and professional responsibility and ethics.
Active in the Nassau County Bar Association, he has served as Vice Chair of the Ethics Committee and currently serves on the Ethics, Veterans and Military Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Association Membership committees. He recently became certified as a mediator and an arbitrator and was appointed a fee arbitrator.
In his spare time, Sparks has two champion Norwich terrier show dogs and is active in the sport of conformation, or competition. He is also a founding member and contribution to the American Kennel Club’s charitable Humane Fund.
Founded in 1899, the Nassau County Bar Association consists of private and public attorneys, judges, legal educators and law students who demonstrate their commitment to the community by offering a variety of services for the public, including lawyer referral services, mortgage foreclosure, Sandy Recovery and senior citizen legal clinics, judicial screening, public education programs, and support for the Volunteer Lawyers Project, which provides much-needed free legal services for the indigent of Nassau County. The WE CARE Fund, a part of the NCBA’s charitable arm, assists children, the elderly and others in need, through countless projects and donations. For more information, call (516) 747-4070 (language translation available), email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit nassaubar.org..