Social Justice Pro Bono Award

As part of the IADC’s strong commitment to promoting social justice and pro bono legal services, the Board of Directors has approved an annual IADC Social Justice Pro Bono Award. 

The Award recognizes persons who have championed social justice within the legal profession and who have delivered substantial pro bono legal services.  The Award raises awareness of the value of social justice and pro bono legal services and inspires others, both inside and outside the IADC, to take tangible actions to promote social justice through the legal profession and provide pro bono legal services.

Criteria for IADC Social Justice Pro Bono Award

The recipient of the Award must be an active member of the IADC in good standing who has taken tangible actions to promote social justice through the legal profession and provide pro bono legal services in the United States or internationally. The pro bono services that were performed must meet the definition of pro bono services found in Model Rule 6.1(b) of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct.1 Non-exhaustive criteria include whether the person has:

  • Delivered pro bono legal services to persons2 of limited means or low-income communities.

  • Delivered pro bono legal services that satisfied previously unmet needs or extended legal services to underserved populations.

  • Contributed significant work toward promoting social justice – i.e., equal rights, opportunity, and treatment for all, including activities for improving the law, the legal system, or the legal profession.

  • Successfully litigated pro bono cases that produced favorable outcomes to persons of limited means or low-income communities.

  • Successfully achieved legislation that enhanced the delivery of legal services to persons of limited means or low-income communities.

1 Rule 6.1(b) of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct states the following: “(1) delivery of legal services at no fee or substantially reduced fee to individuals, groups or organizations seeking to secure or protect civil rights, civil liberties or public rights, or charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental, and educational organizations 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; (2) delivery of legal services at a substantially reduced fee to persons of limited means; or (3) participation in activities for improving the law, the legal system or the legal profession.”

2 “Persons” include individuals, groups or organizations seeking to secure or protect civil rights, civil liberties or public rights, or charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental, and educational organizations 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

Nomination Process

Any active IADC member in good standing is eligible to nominate an active IADC member in good standing for the Award. For the 2020 calendar year, nominations will be accepted from now through and ending on December 1, 2020. Vetting of the proposed Award recipients will be by the IADC’s Social Justice Pro Bono Committee Chair and Vice Chairs and the Committee’s Board Liaison, which will present a recommended and ranked slate of three potential recipients to the President and Board of the IADC for the ultimate determination of the Award’s recipient. The 2020 Award will be presented during the Opening Session of the IADC’s 2021 Midyear Meeting.

To nominate a person for the Award, the Social Justice Pro Bono Committee invites active IADC members in good standing to identity proposed nominees through the form below:

 

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