BBA to Honor Lynn Girton, Ropes & Gray and Bingham McCutchen at Annual Meeting

On the afternoon of September 21, at its Annual Meeting Luncheon, the Boston Bar Association will recognize exemplary commitment to the community, notable efforts to provide access to justice, and continued work to advance diversity & inclusion in our legal community.  We invite you to join us as we honor the following firms and individuals for their extraordinary contributions.  For more information on the event, please click here.

The Thurgood Marshall Award will be presented to Ropes & Gray LLP.  The Marshall Award was established to recognize private attorneys or firms in greater Boston for outstanding work in enhancing the human dignity of others through improving, developing, or delivering civil or criminal legal services to low-income clients in Massachusetts.  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.

The John G. Brooks Award will be presented to Lynn Girton of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association.  The Brooks Award was established to recognize professional legal services attorneys for their outstanding work on behalf of indigent clients in greater Boston.  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.

The BBA will also recognize the law firm of Bingham McCutchen LLP with a  Presidential Citation for their unwavering commitment to drafting high quality amicus briefs on a pro bono basis, particularly in the recent Boston Bar Association amicus brief that was filed in the case Fisher v. University of Texas. The amicus brief drafted by Bingham enabled the BBA to make a powerful statement about the importance of race-conscious admissions policies in advancing  diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.  The Presidential Citation will be accepted by Jonathan Albano, Deputy Managing Partner of the firms’ Boston Office and principal drafter of the Fisher brief.

The Annual Meeting Luncheon will take place on Friday, September 21 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel.  The event begins with a reception at 11:30, followed by the luncheon at 12:30, and will feature Senator Patrick Leahy as they keynote speaker.  For more information, click here or contact Erica Southerland at esoutherland@bostonbar.org or 617-778-1930.