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12/18/2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact: Beth Huffman

Phone: 215-238-6340


First Judicial District "Roll of Honor" Deadline January 12

The First Judicial District's 2006 “Roll of Honor” for Pro Bono Service will recognize all attorneys who have provided pro bono services to litigants in the First Judicial District in 2006. It will be published in various media outlets and will appear on the First Judicial District and the Bar Association’s Web site beginning in February.

“Over the past year, the Judicial Pro Bono Committee has been working diligently to enhance the ‘culture of pro bono’ in Philadelphia,” said Judge Anne Lazarus, Chair of the Judicial Pro Bono Committee. “I am delighted that we are able to formally honor these outstanding attorneys for committing themselves to this endeavor.”

In order to be included on the First Judicial District’s 2006 Roll of Honor, the attorney:

(1) must practice in Philadelphia County and must have provided these services to a client or client group for a case before the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania during the 2006 calendar year;

(2) must not be employed by an organization that has, as its primary purpose, the provision of free legal services to the poor;

(3) 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 has worked to facilitate such effort by other attorneys.

If you meet the above criteria, please complete this form and forward it by Jan. 12 to:

P. Karen Blackburn
516 City Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Fax: 215-686-7049
E-Mail: karen.blackburn@courts.phila.gov

The Roll of Honor was announced on Nov. 15 at the First Judicial District's inaugural “Pro Bono Publico Award” ceremony to applaud local attorneys for their work in providing outstanding pro bono legal services. The award ceremony, which was attended by more than 150 attorneys and judges, represented the culmination of the Judicial Pro Bono Committee’s work throughout the year.

Judges from every division within the First Judicial District nominated attorneys they felt had provided “exemplary” pro bono services. Nominees were recognized for work on a single case, the length and depth of service, or for willingness to take on the most difficult cases given the least advance notice. A subcommittee, which consisted of judges and a member of the Bar nominated by the Chancellor, made the final selection of award recipients.

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