The Eight Recipients of the 2011 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award

Pro-Bono-Landing-Page.jpg Super Lawyers is proud to announce the eight recipients of the 2011 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award. The award honors legal professionals, students and institutions that exemplify excellence in the practice of law through offering volunteer legal services to the poor, disadvantaged or exploited.

"All of us at Super Lawyers are incredibly proud to be recognizing and rewarding the impactful work of these eight people and programs in their support of the poor, the disadvantaged, the underrepresented and the exploited," says Barb McGivern, vice president and general manager, Super Lawyers.

"At Super Lawyers, we're always searching out the legal professionals who lead the way in excellence in practice, and this Pro Bono Award allows us to showcase not only the immense legal talent that went into each of these recipients' stories, but also their collective and unwavering commitment to using the law to bring justice to those who need it -- not just those who can afford it." 

The 2011 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award recipients include:

  • Paul Alston, Attorney; Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing; Honolulu, HI:
    Successfully led cases involving the renovation of Hawaii's two largest housing projects, mandated a more timely food stamp application process in Hawaii and represented people with disabilities and the mentally ill.
  • John Rafferty, Law Student; Villanova Law School; Villanova, PA:
    Worked in Ecuador to combat Human Trafficking and continued that work upon his return to Philadelphia. Spearheaded a spring-break service trip to Florida to provide legal advice to migrant farm workers.
  • Amelia McCarthy, Attorney; Gass Weber Mullins; Milwaukee, WI:
    Spent the past two years in Namibia, Africa helping reform Namibia's child care and protection laws.
  • Andrea Johnson, Law Student; Columbia University School of Law; New York, NY:
    Founded a spring break pro bono caravan that brought Columbia Law students to Wisconsin tribal reservations to provide legal services.
  • Loyola University School of Law -- Life After Innocence Project; Chicago, IL:
    Provided legal and support services for exonerees and worked with the Illinois Legislature to address inconsistencies in the law concerning exonerees.
  • Michigan State University College of Law -- Legal Clinic; East Lansing, MI:
    Added a significant Civil Rights Clinic to their program and launched a mobile law clinic to travel throughout Michigan.
  • Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; Large Law Firm, New York, NY:
    Secured a new trial for a man on death row, worked with the Innocence Project on numerous cases, handled criminal appeals, worked with Legal Aid to set funding standards, and others.
  • Klee Tuchin Bogdanoff & Stern, Small/mid-size Law Firm, Los Angeles, CA:
    Led a successful effort to obtain equal treatment for same-sex married couples under the Bankruptcy Code.

To learn more about each award recipient, click here.