The Public Interest Law Society is honored to recognize Cary S. King, John Marshall Law School Graduate 1983, with the 2013 Public Interest Law Award. Mr. King is the fourth recipient of the award, which is given to one outstanding John Marshall graduate each year who exemplifies a commitment to public interest law.
Mr. King is a highly-decorated veteran of the United States Army who retired after 24 years of service, but who continues to serve his country and his fellow service members. Over the past 12 years, the Atlanta native has provided legal services to hundreds of military veterans at the VA Medical Center in Decatur, Georgia, on a variety of civil and criminal law issues, including family law, consumer law, landlord tenant matters, employment law, and military discharge characterizations.
In January, the State Bar of Georgia honored Mr. King with the Marshall-Tuttle Award for his outstanding support of the Bar’s Military Legal Assistance Program. The program makes available legal services to active duty military personnel, National Guard members, Reservists, and veterans on a pro bono or reduced fee basis. Mr. King also received a certificate from the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for his work.
In addition, Mr. King has served on the Board of the Crohns & Colitis Foundation as a vice president as well as other civic and charitable organizations, including the Atlanta and National Humane Societies. He also volunteers with the USO at the Atlanta Airport, meeting and assisting veterans of Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq as they come through Atlanta.
During his military career, Mr. King earned five Bronze Stars (two with V Device for Valor), a Purple Heart, two Air Medals, two Army Commendation Medals (one with V Device for Valor), the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnamese Honor Medal 1st Class, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Air Crewman’s Wing, and three Meritorious Unit Commendations.
Please join the Public Interest Law Society in thanking Mr. King for his service and honoring him for his dedication to public interest work.