Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009
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Photographs of the 2009 Access to Justice Award recipients by Merrill Shea.

Nominate a colleague for an Access to Justice Award

Submit nominations by Tuesday, Nov. 10

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 Friday, March 12. The luncheon will be held at the Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Ave., Boston.

These awards offer a unique opportunity to recognize the efforts and achievements of our MBA members. Often, the people who shoulder the responsibility of assuring access to the courts and the legal system for both practitioners and members of the public are unsung heroes. 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 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 Tuesday, Nov. 10, to: Jean Stevens, Sections/Ethics Administrator, Massachusetts Bar Association, 20 West St., Boston, MA 02111-1204; [e-mail jstevens].Please submit a letter describing why you believe that the nominee deserves this recognition and to include the names and contact information of a few additional people who can speak with knowledge about the nominee.

For more information, contact Jean Stevens at [e-mail jstevens].

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