2013 Pro Bono Publico Awards Announced

Friday, October 25, 2013
The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Pro Bono Publico awards.

Eastern Division Award: Steven D. Pohl
Attorney Pohl was honored for his service in helping debtors through the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association. He is also credited for mentoring and supervising associate attorneys on pro bono legal matters, and for pioneering his firm's pro bono policies, including its decision to give lawyers billable credit for doing pro bono work.

Central Division Award: Lawrence E. Cohen
Attorney Cohen was honored for his commitment to providing selfless pro bono assistance to individuals and families who turn to the Massachusetts Justice Project for legal assistance. His generous spirit and dedication to providing pro bono legal assistance services has been rewarded by clients who praise his professionalism and his courtesy.

Western Division Award: Jonathan R. Goldsmith
Attorney Goldsmith was honored for his commitment to representing indigent parties in bankruptcy matters, as well as his mentoring of new and seasoned bankruptcy practitioners. He has reached out to his Western Massachusetts Colleagues to encourage them to do pro bono service, and served on education panels to help his colleagues better aid their pro bono clients.

The awards were presented by the bankruptcy judges at a ceremony on October 23, 2013 at the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston.



United States Bankruptcy Judge Melvin S. Hoffman presents the Central Division 2013 Pro Bono Publico award to Lawrence E. Cohen.


United States Bankruptcy Judge Henry J. Boroff presents the Western Division 2013 Pro Bono Publico award to Jonathan R. Goldsmith.


United States Bankruptcy Judge Joan N. Feeney presented the Eastern Division 2013 Pro Bono Publico award to Steven D. Pohl.