In furtherance of SJC Rule 6.1, Voluntary Pro Bono Publico Service, the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services annually presents the Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards to honor Massachusetts lawyers, law students, small and large law firms, government attorney offices, corporate law departments, law schools or other institutions in the legal profession that demonstrate outstanding and exceptional commitment to providing volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged. The awards are presented in a ceremony at the John Adams Courthouse.
2015 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards
The Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services nominated three attorneys and a recent law school graduate to receive the 2015 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards. In a ceremony on October 28, 2015, at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston, Supreme Judicial Court Justice Geraldine S. Hines presented the annual Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards to three attorneys and a recent law school graduate in recognition of distinguished service and outstanding commitment to providing pro bono legal services for those in need. The awards are named in honor of John Adams and John Quincy Adams. Certificates were also presented by Supreme Judicial Court Justice Francis X. Spina to those on the SJC's Pro Bono Honor Roll for calendar year 2014. The Honor Roll each year recognizes law firms, solo practitioners, in-house corporate counsel offices, government legal offices, non-profit organizations, law school faculties and law students that certify that they have performed a minimum number of hours of approved pro bono legal services during a specified time period. The names are listed on the Court's website.