Pro Bono Award Renamed in Honor of Laura Rinaldi
January 24, 2014
At the request of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Committee, the D.C. Bar Board of Governors voted at its January meeting to rename the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award in honor of Laura N. Rinaldi, who passed away in 2013.
"The void Laura left is felt each day, but we hope that naming this significant award in her honor will acknowledge Laura’s legacy and serve as an example to lawyers across the District to follow in her path of service in our community," D.C. Bar President Andrea Ferster said.
The award is presented annually to a lawyer for excellence, achievement, and commitment to providing legal services to the poor and disadvantaged in the District of Columbia. This year the deadline for nominations is March 28.
"Laura embodied the spirit of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award, by challenging the legal community not to accept the status quo but to reach beyond what we think is possible to seek true access to justice and fairness," reads the resolution requesting the name change.
Rinaldi served as a managing attorney at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program. She was responsible for all of the program’s public benefits work, oversaw the Health Care Access Project and Immigration Legal Clinic, co-managed the Advocacy & Justice Clinic, and helped to staff the Landlord Tenant Resource Center and the monthly Advice & Referral Clinic.
Before joining the D.C. Bar, Rinaldi was a supervising attorney at the Children’s Law Center and a clinical instructor at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law.
The Laura N. Rinaldi Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award will be presented at the Celebration of Leadership: The D.C. Bar Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting on June 17 at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel located at 1127 Connecticut Avenue NW.