PBRC is excited to honor an incredible group of attorneys and organizations. This year’s winners helped in a wide range of case areas, from bankruptcy, criminal record expungement, children’s welfare, to immigration status. All recipients shared similar traits: professionalism, compassion, fearless advocacy, and zealous dedication to helping as many clients as possible. PBRC plans to officially honor the recipients during the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) Legal Excellence Week scheduled for the Fall of 2020.

Read the Daily Record’s story here and view the digital booklet of listed winners here.

Alex Fee Award - Garrett Fitzgerald, Esq.

This award is given to a member of the Young Lawyer Section of the MSBA who is making a significant pro bono contribution either directly or through a pro bono organization.

Lee A. Caplan Award - Jonathan Gladstone, Esq.

This award is geared toward a solo or small firm practitioner who has rendered pro bono service over many years.

Judge Robert M. Bell Award - Stephanie Joseph, Esq.

This award is presented to an individual who has distinguished her/himself as an exemplar of pro bono service, going above and beyond the average pro bono commitment for at least 5 years. 

Judge Robert M. Bell Award - John J. "Jack" Condliffe, Esq.

This award is presented to an individual who has distinguished her/himself as an exemplar of pro bono service, going above and beyond the average pro bono commitment for at least 5 years. 

Distinguished Pro Bono Volunteer Award - Joy Sakamoto-Wengel, Esq.

This award is presented to an individual who has distinguished her/himself as an exemplar of pro bono service, going above and beyond the average pro bono commitment ether over a period of time or through extended service in a complex matter or case.

Distinguished Pro Bono Volunteer Award - Ellen Dew, Esq.

This award is presented to an individual who has distinguished her/himself as an exemplar of pro bono service, going above and beyond the average pro bono commitment ether over a period of time or through extended service in a complex matter or case.

Retired Pro Bono Volunteer Award - Deborah Devan, Esq.

This award is presented to an individual who is making a significant pro bono contribution while retired.

Member of the Judiciary Award - Judge Cathy Serrette

This award is presented to a judge who has contributed to the overall pro bono effort by encouraging participation among attorneys, or increasing access to the judicial system for legal services for low-income clients.

Government or Corporate Legal Department Award - Association of Corporate Counsel: Baltimore Chapter

This award is presented to a pubic agency or private corporate department which incorporates pro bono legal services to the poor into its general practice.

Herbert S. Garten Special Project Award - Annapolis Immigration Justice Network (AIJN)

This award is presented to an individual, group, firm, or ad hoc group that has initiated a special project that enhances the delivery of legal services for low-income persons. 

Non-Legal or Organizational Involvement Award - Maryland Society of Accounting & Tax Professionals (MSATP)

This award recognizes organizations providing non-legal services which have made a substantial contribution toward the delivery of pro bono legal services to low-income clients. 

Law Firm Pro Bono Service Award (Granted Posthumously) - The Law Offices of Michael Connolly

This award recognizes innovative approaches to the delivery of free legal services and the encouragement of participaton by the greatest number of attorneys relative to that firm’s size.