On Thursday, Sept. 19, Massachusetts Bar Association Past President Richard Van Nostrand presented the MBA Community Service Award to Jennifer Dieringer at the Hampshire County Bar Association's Annual Meeting and Reception.
The MBA Community Service Award is given to attorneys who have made important public service contributions to their communities and to publicize the fact that members of the legal profession are caring, involved individuals, eager to use their legal skills for the betterment of society.
Dieringer was honored for her dedication to the underserved. She has represented more than 500 indigent, battered women in family law-related matters, and more than 500 low-income tenants in housing-related matters. Dieringer also co-founded the annual Hot Chocolate Run to Benefit Safe Passage - a 5K run and 2-mile walk that promotes freedom from violence in Hampshire County.
The Hot Chocolate Run has raised more than $750,000 over the past 10 years for Safe Passage and brings much needed funding for the program's work on behalf of survivors of domestic violence, their children, friends and families.