CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Dr. John Zimmer, an associate attorney in Smith Moore Leatherwood's Charlotte office, was recently named as the 2012 recipient of the Council for Children's Rights' (CFCR) Pro Bono Service Award. The annual award recognizes one volunteer attorney for his/her pro bono work on behalf of the Charlotte-based nonprofit organization. The CFCR will recognize Dr. Zimmer at its awards ceremony on Sept. 11.
"As a father, helping children in our community through the Custody Advocacy Program has been extremely rewarding," said Dr. Zimmer. "The advocacy program's staff and its volunteers offer a valued perspective to courts seeking the best possible resolution for youth at the center of custody battles. I am honored by this recognition."
For three years, Dr. Zimmer has served children in need through the CFCR's Custody Advocacy Program (CAP), one of the Council's four core programs. The CAP is a nationally recognized model that relies on advocacy teams appointed by Mecklenburg County Family Court Judges to help resolve cases inside or outside the courtroom. As a volunteer attorney, Dr. Zimmer works alongside a CAP staff attorney and a volunteer custody advocate to protect the welfare of children in high-conflict custody cases.
At Smith Moore Leatherwood, Dr. Zimmer focuses his practice on various patent-related matters including patent prosecution and counseling regarding various technologies. He primarily advises clients in the chemical and materials science areas and has co-authored 13 papers appearing in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He received his bachelor's degree from Washington & Lee University in 2000, his doctorate in chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006 and his juris doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2009.