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Nominations Now Open for 2021 VBA Pro Bono Service Award

We’ve all done extraordinary things for and in our profession this past year.  But some lawyers have gone above and beyond, providing copious amounts of pro bono legal work to Vermonters.  We’d like to hear about it.  Consider nominating a colleague this year for the VBA’s 2021 Pro Bono Service Award.

The award is given each year to one or more attorneys who have devoted themselves in an outstanding and meritorious way to providing pro bono legal services to the poor and disadvantaged.

Standards for the award reflect Rule 6.1 of the Vermont Rules of Professional Conduct which exhorts lawyers to provide at least 50 hours of pro bono publico legal services per year.  The majority of this time should be given without fee or expectation of fee to persons of limited means or to the organizations which serve them. 

Nominations for the pro bono award may be made by attorneys, judges, clients, law office staff, court staff or members of the public.  The VBA Pro Bono Committee reviews the nominations and selects one or more for recommendation to the full VBA Board.

The deadline to nominate an attorney for the pro bono award is Friday, February 12 by noon.  The nomination should include a brief description of the attorney’s pro bono legal activities, and should be addressed to VBA’s Executive Director Teri Corsones at tcorsones@vtbar.org, and to our Pro Bono Committee Chair Mike Kennedy at Michael.Kennedy@vermont.gov

The VBA Pro Bono Service Award will be presented at the VBA’s Mid-Year Meeting on March 25.