2017 Elaine Blais

Elaine Blais of Goodwin has demonstrated a deep commitment to delivering pro bono legal services to immigrants and refugees who are seeking safety, security and a new life in the United States. Since 2008, Elaine has represented Ugandan women through Immigration Equality, providing legal counsel to the LGBT and HIV-positive immigrant community. And for the last five years, Elaine has collaborated with Kids In Need of Defense to represent unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in their deportation proceedings. These are children who came to the U.S. seeking to escape dangerous situations in their home countries. And she does this while at the same time maintaining a thriving practice as head of litigation in Goodwin’s Boston office.

2016 Jack Regan

The BBA presented the 2015 Thurgood Marshall Award to Jack Regan for his career-long commitment to pro bono work. Over his four decades in the legal profession, Jack has dedicated countless hours to delivering pro bono legal services to veterans, active duty military personnel and their families. During his time as President of the BBA, Jack spearheaded multiple programs designed to benefit Veterans and their Families. These programs continue to grow and thrive, creating a legacy that will benefit generations of Veterans to come.

2014 Albert W. Wallis

The BBA presented the 2014 Thurgood Marshall Award to Al Wallis for his extraordinary leadership in the public interest and corporate responsibility communities. As Executive Director of the Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest since 2001, Mr. Wallis has combined pro bono legal representation, charitable giving and community service to engage thousands of volunteer attorneys in service to their community. It is truly an innovative model that has motived and inspired others in the legal profession to contribute time, expertise and resources to help those in need.

2013 Liberty Mutual Legal Department

The Boston Bar Association presented the 2013 Thurgood Marshall Award to Liberty Mutual Legal Department in recognition of their status as a trailblazer and role model for in-house legal department pro bono efforts. Liberty Mutual set the bar high for pro bono involvement for in-house legal departments not just in the state of Massachusetts, but the entire nation. 

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.