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Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012
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From left: Supreme Judicial Court Justice Ralph D. Gants; Susan M. Finegan, Esq. of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo PC, chair of the SJC Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services; John Adams Pro Bono Publico Award recipient Steven Dzubak, recent graduate of Western New England University School of Law; John Adams Pro Bono Publico Award recipient Dorothy Varon of the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company in Springfield; John Adams Pro Bono Publico Award recipient Susan Corcoran of the Massachusetts Chapter of the ACLU; John Adams Pro Bono Publico Award recipients Daniel Rosenfeld, Michael Vhay and Matthew Iverson of DLA Piper LLP of Boston.

Photo courtesy of the Supreme Judicial Court.

Three MBA members receive 2012 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services awarded three MBA members 11th Annual John Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards.

The John Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards are given in recognition of distinguished service and outstanding commitment in providing legal services for the poor and disadvantaged.

The recipients were presented awards by Supreme Judicial Court Justice Ralph D. Gants on Wednesday, Oct. 24. at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston.

Honored MBA members include:

  • Dorothy Varon, assistant vice president of and counsel to the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company in Springfield. Varon has devoted countless hours of her time to the Western Division of the Housing Court in Springfield and has helped establish an innovative corporate counsel pro bono program. She graduated from Western New England College School of Law in 1995.
  • DLA Piper LLP, one of the largest business law firms in the world. The Boston office is being recognized for their diligent commitment to providing pro bono legal services. In particular, DLA Piper LLP Boston is being honored for their collaboration with the Massachusetts Advocates for Children on the Education Rights Signature Project. MBA members of DLA Piper LLP include Boston partners Robert J. O'Connor Jr and William B. Forbush III.
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