The Massachusetts Bar Association annually recognizes the efforts of attorneys and law firms that have made significant strides in enhancing access to justice.
To nominate a fellow colleague, submit your form to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to Massachusetts Bar Association, Access to Justice Awards, 20 West St., Boston, MA 02111. The deadline to nominate has been extended to 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21. We encourage nominations from local/affiliated bar associations, government agencies and legal services organizations.
Award categories include:
PRO BONO PUBLICO AWARD
This award is given to an individual who has been instrumental in developing, implementing and supporting pro bono programs for the MBA, 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.
This award is given to 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.
LEGAL SERVICES AWARD
This award is given to 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 his or her position.
PRO BONO AWARD FOR LAW FIRMS
This award is given to a law firm, comprised 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 activities or has been particularly instrumental in developing, implementing and/or supporting a pro bono program or pro bono service within Massachusetts.
This award is given to 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.
RISING STAR AWARD
This award is given to an attorney employed by a legal services organization, a public defender organization, or a state or federal prosecutor's office, or an attorney who has engaged in significant pro bono activities, who has been a practicing attorney for seven years or less, who has distinguished herself or himself by a particular accomplishment or body of work that has made a significant and meaningful contribution to access to justice to an underserved population within the commonwealth of Massachusetts.