Lawyers Journal

Nominations sought for Access to Justice Awards

The Massachusetts Bar Association is seeking nominations for its Access to Justice awards, which are presented every year to members for their public-service contributions.

The awards, to be presented at the MBA’s Annual Conference in January, offer an opportunity to recognize the efforts and achievements of members. To ensure that recipients reflect the best of the legal profession, the MBA encourages nominations from members, regional and minority bar associations and 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 of the job.

Pro Bono Award for Law Firms: Recipient must be a law firm, comprised of two or more attorneys with one or more offices in Massachusetts 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 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 MBA 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 state 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 the job.

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

For more information Nominations for all of the MBA Access to Justice awards must be submitted in writing no later than Sept. 27. Submissions should be sent to: Tracy Ricker, Manager of Professional Programs, Massachusetts Bar Association, 20 West St., Boston, MA 02111-1204. Submissions also may be faxed to (617) 338-0550. For more information, call James Van Buren, vice chair of the Access to Justice Section Council, at (978) 345-0321.

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