2014 Barbara Mitchell

The Boston Bar Association presented the 2014 John G. Brooks Award to Barbara Mitchell, the Executive Director of the Community Legal Services and Counseling Center (CLSACC), in recognition of her enduring commitment to legal services and her effectiveness as an advocate. Her longtime role as a leader in the legal services community of Boston has touched thousands of lives throughout her career, as she implemented new and innovative ways to help those in need of representation. 

2013 Jay McManus

Jay McManus, Executive Director of the Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts, was named the recipient of Boston Bar Association’s 2013 John G. Brooks Award in recognition of his selfless work on behalf of children in Massachusetts. His commitment to the Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts is integral to the success of the organization and attainment of their mission. Jay is recognized for his humility as a leader, as much as he is noted for his generous mentoring support of his fellow attorneys

2012 Lynn Girton 

The 2012 John G. Brooks Award was presented to Lynn Girton of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association. Lynn has served as Chief Counsel of the Volunteer Lawyers Project since 1986, and has devoted virtually her entire legal career to providing representation to those unable to afford private counsel in civil cases. Lynn has served as Section Co-Chair of the BBA Delivery of Legal Services Section, and Chair of the Military & Veterans Pro Bono Committee, where she championed the volunteering at Yellow Ribbon Events, the Military Helpline, and number of other projects of the BBA Veterans Initiative. 

2011 Manisha Bhatt

The Boston Bar Association confers the John G. Brooks Award on Manisha Bhatt in recognition of her extraordinary dedication and creativity in providing zealous representation for low-income people. She demonstrates profound empathy for her clients while making diligent efforts to understand the different cultures from which they come. 

2010 Robert A. Sable

The Boston Bar Association confers the John G. Brooks Award on Robert A. Sable in recognition of his outstanding leadership and extraordinary dedication in providing vigorous representation for low-income people despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Mr. Sable's contributions to Greater Boston Legal Services and to the entire legal services community have made a major impact in advancing access to justice for all.

2009 Mary M. Connolly

The Boston Bar Association confers the John G. Brooks Award on Mary M. Connolly, a woman who has dedicated her entire career to public service law. Meg’s ability to articulate both the civil legal needs of low income families and individuals and the importance of lawyers and law firms stepping up to the plate to perform essential pro bono services is unparalleled and her contributions to the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association and the clients it serves are truly exemplary.

2008 Joel H. Thompson

The Boston Bar Association confers the John G. Brooks Award on Joel H. Thompson in recognition of his extraordinary dedication in providing outstanding representation to incarcerated people in need of medical services. Mr. Thompson’s contributions to Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services and the clients it serves are truly exemplary.

2007 Cecely A. Reardon

The Boston Bar Association confers the John G. Brooks Award on Cecely Reardon in recognition of her extraordinary dedication in providing outstanding representation to juveniles. Ms. Reardon’s contributions to the Youth Advocacy Project, in principle and in practice, are truly exemplary.

2006 Anita Sharma

The Boston Bar Association confers the John G. Brooks Award on Anita Sharma in recognition of her extraordinary dedication in providing outstanding representation of asylum clients from across the globe. Ms. Sharma’s contributions to the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project in principle and in practice, are truly exemplary.

2005 Melanie Malherbe

The Boston Bar Association confers the John G. Brooks Award on Melanie Malherbe in recognition of her extraordinary dedication in providing outstanding representation and advocacy of low-income and under served clients. Ms. Malherbe’s contributions to welfare law advocacy, in principle and in practice, are truly exemplary.