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BOSTON, MA — At a ceremony yesterday in the Seven Justice Courtroom of the John Adams Courthouse, Supreme Judicial Court Justice Kimberly S. Budd hosted the annual Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards, where two attorneys, a law firm, and a recent law school graduate received awards from the Court's Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services in recognition of distinguished service and outstanding commitment to providing pro bono legal services to those in need.
The awards are named in honor of John Adams and John Quincy Adams. The awards ceremony is one of many activities celebrating and building support for pro bono legal work in Massachusetts during the month of October, a month officially proclaimed as Pro Bono Month by Governor Charlie Baker. The American Bar Association has declared October 22 to 28 as Pro Bono Week.
The recipients who were honored at yesterday's ceremony include:
with a special student award to:
Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Gants made brief remarks recognizing those listed on the SJC's Pro Bono Honor Roll for calendar year 2016. 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. This year, over a hundred were listed on the Pro Bono Honor Roll.
The SJC's Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services works to promote volunteer legal work in Massachusetts to help people of limited means in need of legal representation, in accordance with SJC Rule 6.1.