Four Massachusetts attorneys and one law firm were honored for their volunteer or pro bono efforts at this year's Access to Justice Awards luncheon during the MBA's 2002 Annual Conference, "A Celebration of Law and Justice," at the Boston Marriot Copley Hotel.
This year's honorees are: Butler & Monks (Pro Bono Law Firm Award); Patricia Bobba Donovan (Pro Bono Publico Award); Ralph C. Martin II (Prosecutor Award); Beverly J. Cannone (Defender Award); and Andrew J. Steinberg (Legal Services Award).
Butler & Monks
The two-member Cambridge firm of Butler & Monks - Christine Butler and Maureen Monks - has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the provision of pro bono legal services, and to the development and support of pro bono programs.
This small firm - recipient of the Pro Bono Law Firm Award - generously represents clients on pro bono cases referred from multiple sources, including Greater Boston Legal Services, and Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders. One partner has served, pro bono, as counsel to Jane Doe, Inc., the statewide coalition of programs for battered women.
Their commitment and dedication has been instrumental to the Women's Bar Family Law Project for Battered Women, a project supported by the Massachusetts Bar Foundation. They have been leaders in developing the law on abuse prevention, and educating other members of the bar on legal issues confronting gay and lesbian clients.
In addition, Monks co-chairs the