News from the Courts

Issue June 2012

SJC calls for Adams Pro Bono Publico Award nominations

To recognize outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged, the Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services is seeking nominations for the 2012 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards.

The deadline for nominations is Saturday, June 30.

The awards will be presented in a ceremony at the John Adams Courthouse on Oct. 24 in conjunction with the American Bar Association's recognition of National Pro Bono Week.

Award criteria

Awardees will be selected from those who have excelled in providing volunteer services in one or more of the following ways:

  1. Volunteer participation in an activity or pro bono program which resulted in satisfying previously unmet needs, or in extending services to underserved segments of the population;
  2. Successfully litigated pro bono cases that favorably affected the provision of other services to the poor; and/or
  3. Successfully achieved legislation that contributed substantially to legal services to the poor.

Nomination guidelines

Nominations should be submitted to:

Robert C. Sacco, Esq.
The 2012 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards
c/o Lyon & Fitzpatrick LLP
14 Bobala Road, Fourth Floor
Holyoke, MA 01040

Contact Crystal Barnes at (413) 536-4000, ext. 122 with questions.

Nominations submitted in 2011 remain active for consideration in the 2012 awards program provided that the nominating party submits a letter restating the intent to nominate the candidate and updating the narrative with any relevant information. Eligibility for the awards has been expanded this year to include law schools and law students.