SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT STANDING COMMITTEE
ON PRO BONO LEGAL SERVICES INVITES NOMINATIONS
FOR 2007 ADAMS PRO BONO PUBLICO AWARDS
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 2007 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, April 12, 2007. The awards will be presented in a ceremony at the Supreme Judicial Court in the John Adams Courthouse on May 23, 2007.
Nominations should be submitted to: Richard McMahon, Esq., The 2007 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 2006 remain active for consideration in the 2007 Awards program.
Named 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.”
The 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:
1) volunteer 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;
2) successfully litigated pro bono cases that favorably affected the provision of other services to the poor;
3) successfully achieved legislation that contributed substantially to legal services to the poor.
Last year, awards were presented to 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. in Springfield; and Samuel B. Moskowitz, a partner in the Boston law firm of Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, P.C.
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.