SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT STANDING COMMITTEE
ON PRO BONO LEGAL SERVICES SEEKS NOMINATIONS
FOR ADAMS PRO BONO PUBLICO AWARDS
Boston, MA --- To 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 2005 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 25, 2005. The awards will be presented on May 25, 2005.
Nominations (five copies) should be submitted to: Richard McMahon, Esq., The 2005 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards, c/o New Center for Legal Advocacy, Inc., 257 Union Street New Bedford, MA 02740. Mr. McMahon can be reached at (508) 979-7160, ext. 3010, or at: firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. Nominations submitted in 2004 remain active for consideration in the 2005 Awards program.
Named in honor of Attorneys John Adams and John Quincy Adams, the Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards recognize individual lawyers, law firms, government attorney offices, corporate law departments, and other institutions in the legal profession in Massachusetts that have “demonstrated outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged, including the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), legal services or similar providers who conduct non-program pro bono work.”
The Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services will select awardees from among those who have excelled in one or more of the following ways: (1) demonstrated dedication in development and delivery of legal services to the poor through a pro bono program; (2) participated in an activity which resulted in satisfying previously unmet needs or in extending services to underserved segments of the population; (3) successfully litigated pro bono cases that favorably affected the provision of other services to the poor; and (4) successfully achieved legislation that contributed substantially to legal services for the poor.
Last year, awards were presented to John A. Burdick, Jr., a sole practitioner in Worcester; Anna E. Dodson, an associate at Goodwin Proctor, LLP in Boston; and the Bankruptcy Law Section of the Boston Bar Association.
Established 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.