United States Bankruptcy Court to Honor its Volunteers

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

      For many years, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts has called upon the members of the bar to volunteer their services to help indigent parties who need the relief that the Bankruptcy Code can provide.  Private attorneys, legal services providers, and bar associations have responded to that call and in doing so, have helped thousands of individuals navigate a complex legal process and assisted the court in its administration of justice.   This year, the Court is pleased to announce that it will publicly honor the many volunteers who have assisted the indigent in the bankruptcy court with two forms of recognition.

      First, the United States Bankruptcy Court is establishing a Pro Bono Recognition Honor Roll.  This Recognition Honor Roll will acknowledge the commitment of individual attorneys to pro bono legal work.  Attorneys who certify that they have met the specific criteria established by the Court’s Pro Bono Legal Services Advisory Committee will receive mention on the Court’s Honor Roll.  Participation is entirely voluntary.  Those attorneys who submit certifications by September 15, 2013 will receive a letter of acknowledgement and appreciation for their commitment to pro bono legal work, will be listed on the Pro Bono Honor Roll on the Bankruptcy Court’s website, and will be invited to attend a recognition event at the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse on October 23, 2013.

      Second, the United States Bankruptcy Court has created Pro Bono Recognition Awards.  These awards will recognize the pro bono contributions by individual lawyers, law firms, government attorneys, corporate law departments, law students, law schools, legal service agencies and other institutions in the legal profession that have improved the availability of or delivered volunteer legal services in the District of Massachusetts.  At least four regional awards will be given: Western Division, Central Division, Eastern Division and the Cape, Islands/South Coast Region.  Nomination guidelines may be found on the court’s website at www.mab.uscourts.gov.  The deadline to submit nominations is August 1, 2013.

      The Bankruptcy Court encourages participation in these programs and requests that this information be shared with colleagues, members, faculty or anyone who may be interested in this program.

      We are happy to answer any questions you might have regarding the Awards Program, Honor Roll or the certification.  Please feel free to contact James Lynch, Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court, at 617-748-6609.