SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT STANDING
COMMITTEE ON PRO BONO LEGAL SERVICES
SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR 2008 ADAMS PRO BONO PUBLICO AWARDS
recognize outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services
for the poor and disadvantaged, the Supreme Judicial
Court’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services
is seeking nominations for the 2008 Adams Pro Bono Publico
Awards. The deadline for nominations is Friday, April
18. The awards will be presented in a ceremony at the
Supreme Judicial Court in the John Adams Courthouse in
should be submitted to: Richard McMahon, Esq.,
The 2008 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards, c/o New Center
for Legal Advocacy, Inc., 18 Main Street Extension, Third
Floor, Plymouth, MA 02360. For further information,
contact Alison Fallon at (508) 746-2777, or by email
at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Nominations submitted in 2007 remain active for consideration
in the 2008 Awards program.
in honor of Attorneys John Adams and John Quincy Adams,
the Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards recognizes individual
lawyers, small and large law firms, government attorney
offices, corporate law departments, and other institutions
in the legal profession in Massachusetts that have “enhanced
the human dignity of others by improving or delivering
volunteer legal services to our Commonwealth’s
poor and disadvantaged.”
Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services will select
awardees from among those who have excelled in providing
volunteer services in one or more of the following ways:
participation in an activity or pro bono program which
resulted in satisfying previously unmet needs or in extending
services to underserved segments of the population;
litigated pro bono cases that favorably affected the
provision of other services to the poor;
achieved legislation that contributed substantially to
legal services to the poor.
year, awards were presented to Attorney Leigh-Ann Patterson
Durant of Lexington, Associate General Counsel of Clinical
Trials and Medical Affairs for EMD Serono, Inc. in Rockland,
formerly of Nixon Peabody LLP; Attorney Holly Sanborn
Dyar of Kingston, a solo practitioner in Plymouth; and
the Boston office of the law firm of Dechert, LLP.
in August 1999, the Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal
Services works to promote volunteer legal work in Massachusetts
to help people of limited means who are in need of legal
representation, in accordance with SJC Rule 6.1, Voluntary
Pro Bono Publico Service (“for the public good”).
Attorney Mary Ryan of Nutter, McClennen & Fish LLP
chairs the Committee.