Laura N. Rinaldi Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year

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The award is presented to a lawyer for excellence, achievement, and commitment to providing legal services to the District of Columbia’s low-income and/or disadvantaged individuals and/or organizations serving such individuals.

1. Nominees for the Laura N. Rinaldi Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year should have, in calendar year 2020:

  • Provided legal assistance to persons of limited means through the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center and/or another D.C. nonprofit legal services provider;

  • Provided legal assistance to individuals, groups, or nonprofit organizations in the District of Columbia seeking to secure or protect civil rights, civil liberties, or public rights that helped low-income and/or disadvantaged individuals in the District;

  • Provided legal assistance and/or training to District-based community nonprofits and/or small disadvantaged businesses that serve the District’s low-income communities; or

  • Advanced public policy and/or court reform that favorably affected low-income and/or disadvantaged individuals in the District.

2. Nominees must be members of the D.C. Bar.

3. Individual attorneys who obtain most of their income from delivering or coordinating the delivery of pro bono legal services are not eligible for this award.

4. The Bar reserves the right not to give an award in any given year.

Deadline:  March 30, 2021

We would greatly appreciate if you would email [email protected] if you plan to submit a nomination for this award.

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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®.