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United States Bankruptcy Court to Again Honor Volunteers

Thursday, May 18, 2017

"Deadlines Extended and Updated.

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts is pleased to call for nominations for its fifth annual Pro Bono Recognition Awards. These awards 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. Five awards may be given: Western Division, Central Division, Eastern Division, the Cape, Islands/South Coast Division and the District of Massachusetts Award. Nomination guidelines and forms may be found on the court’s website at The deadline to submit nominations is September 8, 2017.*

The Court is also pleased to again acknowledge the commitment of individual attorneys to pro bono legal work, and this year extends that appreciation to law students who have performed 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.

For the first time, the Court is pleased to acknowledge the pro bono service of law students. Law students who have met the criteria may submit a certification, along with the acknowledgement of the attorney supervisor. Participation in the Court’s Honor Roll is entirely voluntary.

Those attorneys and law students who submit certifications by October 17, 2017* will receive a certificate 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 United States District Court, Honor Donohue Federal Building and Courthouse in Worcester on October 25, 2017.*