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Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007
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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP received last year's Access to Justice Pro Bono Award for Law Firms at the 2006 Annual Conference. The deadline for nominations for this year's five Access to Justice Awards is Nov. 15.

Deadline to nominate a colleague for an Access to Justice Award extended to Nov. 15

MBA members are invited to the Access to Justice Awards Luncheon, which will be on March 6, 2008 at the JFK Library and Museum. At this annual event, the MBA will present several awards to recognize the public service contributions of Massachusetts attorneys and the pro bono efforts and achievements of MBA members. Individual tickets and tables of ten are available for purchase.

The MBA is seeking nominations for its five Access to Justice Awards, which will be presented at the MBA’s Access to Justice Awards Luncheon on March 6, 2008.

The new deadline for submissions is Thursday, Nov. 15.

These awards offer a unique opportunity to recognize the efforts and achievements of our MBA members. To ensure that award recipients truly reflect the best of the legal profession, the MBA encourages nominations from its members, from Massachusetts regional and minority bar associations and from local public service organizations. The MBA urges you to nominate your colleagues, and pass on the award information to your peers.

 

The Access to Justice Awards are:

Legal Services Award
An attorney employed by a public or nonprofit agency to provide civil legal services to low-income clients, and who has made a particularly significant or meaningful contribution to the provision of low-income legal services, above and beyond the requirements or his or her position.

Pro Bono Award for Law Firms
A law firm of two or more attorneys, with one or more offices in the commonwealth, whose pro bono activities are particularly noteworthy in relation to the firm’s size and which has performed significant or meaningful pro bono activity or which has been particularly instrumental in developing, implementing and/or supporting a pro bono program or pro bono services within Massachusetts.

Pro Bono Publico Award
An individual who has been instrumental in developing, implementing and supporting pro bono programs for the Massachusetts Bar Association or for a local county bar association, or a pro bono program of a law firm, or has developed a pro bono program sponsored or organized through an agency in the commonwealth, or has performed significant or meaningful pro bono activity.

Defender Award
An attorney who is employed or retained by a public or nonprofit agency to provide criminal legal services to low-income clients, and who has made a particularly significant or meaningful contribution to the provision of low-income legal services above and beyond the requirements of his or her position.

Prosecutor Award
A state or federal prosecutor who has distinguished himself or herself in public service and whose commitment to justice and serving the communities where he or she lives or works is particularly praiseworthy.

Nominations for all of the MBA Access to Justice Awards must be submitted in writing no later than Nov. 15, to: Access to Justice Awards, Massachusetts Bar Association, 20 West St., Boston, MA 02111-1204; [e-mail jstevens] or fax to (617) 338-0550.

For more information, contact Ellen Zucker, chair of the Access to Justice Section Council, at (617) 345-3367.

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