John G. Brooks Legal Services Award

Established to recognize professional legal services attorneys for their outstanding work on behalf of indigent clients in greater Boston.

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 underserved clients. Ms. Malherbe’s contributions to welfare law advocacy, in principle and in practice, are truly exemplary.

 

Thurgood Marshall Award

Established to recognize private attorneys in greater Boston for their extraordinary efforts to enhance the human dignity of others through improving, developing, or delivering civil or criminal legal services to low-income clients in Massachusetts.

2012 Ropes & Gray

The Boston Bar Association presented the 2012 Thurgood Marshall Award to Ropes & Gray. LLP. In 2011, Ropes & Gray had over 1,000 lawyers and legal professionals devoting nearly 100,000 hours to providing free legal services to individuals, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses across the nation in 2011.

2011 Mary K. Ryan

The Boston Bar Association confers the Thurgood Marshall Award on Mary K. Ryan in recognition of her outstanding leadership in making our courts and our legal system accessible to poor people at both the local and national levels.  While making her own significant pro bono legal contributions, she has played a major role in highlighting the importance of the pro bono contributions to people of limited means by the private bar.

2010 Choate Hall & Stewart

The Boston Bar Association confers the Thurgood Marshall Award on Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP in recognition of its Pro Bono Education Law Project. In providing pro bono representation to at-risk students from low income families, Choate has demonstrated a commitment to ensuring increased access to educational opportunities for students throughout the Commonwealth. Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP exemplifies good corporate citizenship at the very highest levels.

2009 Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

The Boston Bar Association confers the Thurgood Marshall Award on Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. in recognition of its Domestic Violence Project. For nearly two decades, Mintz Levin has provided pro bono representation to victims of domestic violence and engaged in philanthropic and public policy initiatives that help families affected by domestic violence. Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. exemplifies good corporate citizenship at the very highest levels.

2008 Goodwin Procter LLP

The Boston Bar Association confers the Thurgood Marshall Award on Goodwin Procter LLP, in recognition of the firm’s extraordinary generosity in representing the needy, including its commitment to representing people who have been wrongfully convicted and tackling the problem of wrongful convictions generally through its support of the New England Innocence Project. Goodwin Procter LLP exemplifies good corporate citizenship at the very highest levels.

2007 Bingham McCutchen LLP

The Boston Bar Association confers the Thurgood Marshall Award on Bingham McCutchen LLP, in recognition of the firm’s extraordinary generosity in providing legal representation to the needy and also Bingham’s commitment to improving the educational experience of underserved children and youth in the community. The firm exemplifies good corporate citizenship at the very highest levels.

2006 Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP

The Boston Bar Association confers the Thurgood Marshall Award on WilmerHale, in recognition of the firm’s commitment to public service and ensuring the availability of high-quality legal services to low-income clients. This leadership on behalf of the underprivileged through direct service and impact advocacy is truly exemplary.

2005 Andrew Cornell

The Boston Bar Association confers the Thurgood Marshall Award on Andrew P. Cornell, in recognition of his commitment to public service and ensuring the availability of high-quality legal services to low-income clients. This leadership on behalf of the underprivileged through direct service and impact advocacy is truly exemplary.