SJC Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services Announces 2018 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awardees

The awardees include three lawyers and a recent law school graduate who will be honored at a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, 2018, in the Seven Justice Courtroom at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston.

2018 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awardees

  • David G. Fromm, for his consistent dedication and excellence as a pro bono volunteer in the Hampden County Legal Clinic's District Court Lawyer for the Day Program, where he has appeared nearly every week since his initial shift in January 2017 and assisted more than 300 individuals with a variety of legal issues, especially consumer debt cases;
  • John Taylor Hand,  for over twenty years of sustained and effective pro bono work on immigration cases including, in particular, over 5,000 hours of advocacy on behalf of asylum seekers at the Community Legal Services and Counseling Center;  and
  • Alec J. Zadek, for his many years of ground-breaking pro bono work on behalf of victims of sex trafficking and domestic violence, including his leadership in developing and successfully advocating for passage of legislation that streamlines the process for sex trafficking victims to vacate their related convictions for prostitution or drug possession;

with a special student award to:

  • Amy Elizabeth Volz, a 2018 graduate of Harvard Law School, for her extensive activities in the field of immigration and human rights while she was a student, including devoting hundreds of hours to advocating on behalf of immigrants and refugees with the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program and the Harvard Immigration Project, for which she also served as co-president, founding another student group -- the Immigration Response Initiative, and participating in a number of related litigation projects.