September 1, 2006
Pro Bono award nominations
The Columbus Bar Foundation and Association are seeking nominations for their 2006 Pro Bono Awards which honor members who have given extraordinary legal service to the poor and disadvantaged over the past year. The awards will be presented at the Columbus Bar Foundation’s Annual Meeting on Oct. 20.
Each year hundreds of our members are involved in providing free legal services to the poor and disadvantaged through Columbus Bar programs such as Lawyers for Justice or the Homeless Project, but many members do good work that we never see because they are involved with Legal Aid, law school clinics, Inter-Faith Legal Clinic or with the courts. To recognize their extraordinary service, we need the bench and bar to nominate worthy candidates.
Nominees should have a history of providing, facilitating or encouraging the delivery of legal services on a pro bono basis to persons of limited means or to charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental and/or educational organizations in matters which are designed primarily to address the needs of persons of limited financial resources or which address matters in furtherance of the entity’s organizational purposes where the payment of standard legal fees would significantly deplete the organization’s economic resources or be otherwise inappropriate.
If you know of an individual attorney, law firm, corporate legal department, judge, pro bono program, or government agency that has demonstrated exceptional pro bono service in the past year or has demonstrated sustained commitment to providing, encouraging or facilitating pro bono service over the past several years, you are encouraged to nominate that individual, firm, department, agency or program for an Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award. Awards are given in four categories: Outstanding Pro Bono Service by an Individual; Outstanding Pro Bono Service by a Judge; Outstanding Pro Bono Service by a Law Firm, Corporate Legal Department or Government Agency; and Outstanding Pro Bono Service Project.
Nominations should be returned to She’lia Bolding-Wright at the Columbus Bar before Sept. 8.