November 01, 2007
First Judicial District Accepting Nominations for Pro Bono Award
The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania will present the FJD Pro Bono Publico Award to members of the bar who have provided exceptional pro bono service to the underprivileged in Philadelphia in cases before the FJD.
The judges of the FJD nominate candidates and a committee of judges selects the recipients of the Pro Bono Publico Award. The awards ceremony to honor these recipients will be held on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008.
At the ceremony, the First Judicial District will also recognize all attorneys on the Pro Bono Roll of Honor who have provided pro bono services to litigants in the Philadelphia Courts in 2007.
Attorneys may become members of the Roll of Honor through a self-nominating process whereby attorneys submit their names along with a log of their pro bono services. The criteria for eligibility are as follows:
- The attorney must practice in Philadelphia County and must have provided services to a client or client group for a case before the First Judicial District during the 2007 calendar year.
- The attorney must not be employed by an organization that has, as its primary purpose, the provision of free legal services to the underprivileged.
- The attorney must have provided direct delivery of legal services with no expectation of receiving a fee, to a client or client group that does not have the resources to employ compensated counsel, or the attorney must have worked to facilitate such effort by other attorneys.
The self-nominating form is available at here and philadelphiabar.org. The deadline for submitting nomination forms for the 2007 Pro Bono Roll of Honor is Friday, Nov. 16, 2007. The form should be sent to the attention of Deborah Dailey, Office of the Court Administrator, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax 215-686-7485, or by mail addressed to Room 336 City Hall, Philadelphia, Pa., 19107.