Nominations are due March 26 for this year's Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards.
The awards honor lawyers, small and large firms, government attorney offices, corporate law departments and other institutions in the legal profession that have enhanced the human dignity of others by improving or delivering volunteer legal services to the poor and disadvantaged in the commonwealth.
To nominate, send a copy of the candidate's resume or a narrative explaining how the candidate meets the criteria and specify the nature of the pro bono contribution, identifying those who have benefitted. Information that would be helpful includes principle areas of practice, the number of years practicing law, hours spent on pro bono activities, other public service contributions, educational background, supporting documents and bar association activities.
Also, include letters of support, if available, from other individuals or organizations aware of the candidate's pro bono contributions. Nomations and supporting materials should be sent on 8 1/2 x 11, three-hole punch paper with five copies of all documents that are not stapled. It should also include a nominee information sheet.
Nominations submitted in 2003 remain active for consideration in the 2004 Awards' program.
The Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court will review the nominations and select no more than three awardees. The awards will be presented in May.