Seven attorneys, one judge, one law firm and three organizations have been selected for the 2020 Maryland Pro Bono Service Awards: a celebration of exemplary commitment to pro bono service awarded by the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland (PBRC).
The PBRC plans to officially honor the winners during the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) Legal Excellence Week scheduled for this fall.
Individual award winners include: Jack Condliffe of Baltimore County; Deborah Devan of Baltimore City; Ellen Dew of Baltimore City; Garrett Fitzgerald of Talbot County; Jonathon Gladstone of Anne Arundel County; Stephanie Joseph of Montgomery County and Joy Sakamoto-Wengel of the Attorney General’s Office. The judicial honor went to Judge Cathy H. Serrette of Prince George’s County and the Law Offices of Michael Connolly of Baltimore County received the Law Firm Award. The organizations taking the lead in pro bono contributions include the: Annapolis Immigration Justice Network (AIJN); Association of Corporate Counsel: Baltimore Chapter; and the Maryland State Association of Accountants and Tax Professionals.
The nominations of these individuals revealed that they all shared similar traits: professionalism, compassion, fearless advocacy, and a zealous dedication to helping as many clients as possible. This year’s winners helped in a wide range of case areas, from bankruptcy, criminal record expungement, children’s welfare, to immigration status. A few of the winners accepted over 100+ pro bono cases in addition to their full-time jobs and mentored the next generation of attorneys. As for the solo law firm and organizations, all of them demonstrated a deep commitment to serving the disenfranchised.
The Maryland Pro Bono Service Awards were designed to honor attorneys, judges, and organizations who have gone above and beyond for their community. The judging panel was comprised of PBRC board members.
The PBRA of Maryland is the pro bono arm of the MSBA and helps increase access to justice to vulnerable Marylanders by connecting attorneys to pro bono service.