Awards Nominations Form
Submission Deadline: March 28, 2014
- Nominees for the Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year (D.C. office) and Laura N. Rinaldi Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year should have, in the preceding 12 months:
- Provided legal assistance to persons of limited means or to charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental and educational organizations in matters which are designed primarily to address the needs of persons of limited means in the District of Columbia through the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program and/or another D.C. nonprofit legal services provider;
- Provided legal assistance to individuals, groups, or organizations in the District of Columbia seeking to secure or protect civil rights, civil liberties or public rights;
- Provided legal assistance to charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental or educational organizations in the District of Columbia in matters in furtherance of their organizational purposes, where the payment of standard legal fees would significantly deplete the organization’s economic resources or would be otherwise inappropriate.
- Provided legal assistance and/or training to community-based nonprofits and/or small disadvantaged businesses in the District of Columbia serving low-income communities in the District;
- Litigated one or more pro bono cases that, if decided favorably, could positively impact low income and/or disadvantaged individuals in the District of Columbia; and/or
- Advanced public policy and/or court reform that favorably affected low income and/or disadvantaged individuals in the District of Columbia.
- Lawyer nominees must be active members of the D.C. Bar.
- Individual attorneys who obtain part or all of their income delivering or coordinating the delivery of pro bono legal services low income are not eligible for this award.
- Please specify the size of your D.C. Office: 2–50 attorneys practicing in the D.C. office or 50+ attorneys practicing in the D.C. office.
- Please specify the size of your nationwide/international firm including the D.C. office: 2-50 attorneys or 50+ attorneys.
- The Bar reserves the right not to give an award in any given year.
The term “pro bono” refers to activities of the firm or attorney undertaken normally
without expectation of fee and not in the course of ordinary commercial practice as defined by the Pro Bono Institute® http://www.probonoinst.org/wpps/wp-content/uploads/what-counts-2008.pdf