Spotlight on service
Tina M. Cundari
ROBINSON STEPP &
When Tina Cundari arrived at Sowell Gray Robinson
in 2005, it’s not that the firm’s pro bono committee
was fledging; it was nonexistent.
When the firm’s managing partner, Cal Watson,
sent out an email a few months after Cundari began,
suggesting that the firm increase their pro bono work,
her fingers flew to the ‘reply’ button.
“I was easily the first to respond; that’s how I
Just Do It
became ‘the person,’” she says with a laugh. “I was so
excited that I immediately responded with thoughts
like, ‘I like this project; I like this project; we can do
this and this and this.’ Cal said, ‘Well, alright, it seems
you’re the perfect person to co-chair this committee.’”
The work began by assisting the occupants of
Hannah House, where matters ranged from need-
ing help with criminal cases and divorce to driver’s
license-revocations and custody issues.
Tina Cundari’s simple motto for giving back BY AMY WHITE
“It never occurred to me, until I began handling
these divorce cases, how critically important it is for
these women to get their name back,” Cundari says.
“To be able to move on from a relationship that has
rooted them in a tough spot, that was abusive or
emotionally traumatic ... once the matter is resolved,
it’s very liberating for them.”
Cundari worked on a particularly meaningful case
for a resident of Sistercare, another women’s shelter.
“She lost custody of her child because the Department of Social Services said she wasn’t properly
taking care of her,” she says. “But the reality of the
situation was that she was simply very poor, so taking
proper care of her child wasn’t that easy. I did the
appeal on that case, took it all the way to the [state]
Supreme Court, but lost. As a matter of fact, there
are many of these types of matters that I’ve taken