About the Awards

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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.


2012 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards

Supreme Judicial Court Justice Ralph D. Gants distributed the 2012 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards at the John Adams Courthouse on October 24. The award recipients were:

Click here to see photographs from the October 24, 2012 ceremony.

2011 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards

2010 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards

2009 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards


Prior Award Recipients

2011

  • Kerry Elizabeth Doyle
  • Donal Eoin Reilly
  • Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

2010

  • The Boston law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP with special recognition to partners Melissa Nott Davis and Edward P. Leibensperger
  • Attorney Kathleen McGrath of Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Boston
  • Attorney Alfred C. Phillips, a volunteer with MetroWest Legal Services

2009

  • Andrew P. Cornell, Cambridge
  • Justin H. Dion, Bacon Wilson, PC, Springfield
  • Margaret M. Pinkham, formerly of Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels LLP, Boston

2008

  • John G. Dugan, Millis, Principal in the  law firm of Doherty Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon, P.C., Franklin and Medfield
  • Edward Notis-McConarty, Newton, Partner, Hemenway & Barnes LLP, Boston
  • Francis J. (Jay) Lynch III, North Easton, Managing Partner, Lynch & Lynch, Boston and South Easton
  • Christine J. Wichers, Cambridge, and Lisa M. Gaulin, South Boston, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP, Boston

2007

  • Leigh-Ann Patterson Durant, Lexington, Associate General Counsel of Clinical Trials and Medical Affairs for EMD Serono, Inc., Rockland, formerly of Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Holly Sanborn Dyar, solo practitioner, Plymouth
  • The Boston office of the law firm of Dechert LLP

2006

  • Marion E. Broidrick and Lawrence A. Zalis for their work on behalf of the Barnstable Action for New Direction (BAND) Program
  • Heisler, Feldman, McCormick & Garrow, P.C., Springfield
  • Samual B. Moskowitz, Partner, Davis, Malm & D'Agostine, P.C., Boston

2005

  • Mark Berson, President, Levy, Winer & Berson, P.C., Greenfield
  • The Honorable Edward M. Ginsburg, retired, Middlesex Probate and Family Court; Founder, Senior Partners for Justice
  • Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., with special recognition to partners Susan J. Cohen and Grant Sovern for their work on behalf of the Political Asylum/ Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project

2004

  • John A. Burdick, Jr., Worcester
  • Anna E. Dodson, Associate, Goodwin Proctor LLP, Boston
  • Bankruptcy Law Section of the Boston Bar Association

2003

  • Michael G. Paris, Partner, Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels LLP, Boston
  • Stanford & Schall, New Bedford
  • Women's Bar Foundation

2002 (inaugural awards ceremony)

  • Henry Raphaelson, Raphaelson & Raphaelson, Worcester
  • S. Stephen Rosenfeld, Rosenfeld & Rafik, Boston; Founder, Health Law Advocates, Inc., Boston
  • Foley, Hoag & Eliot LLP