Awards Recognizing Pro Bono Work

Dean Maureen O'Rourke (center) with Victor J. Garo and the 2013 Victor J. Garo Award recipient Kelly Bates ('94)AwardsAwards

Every year, we recognize our students, faculty and alumni who have engaged in pro bono work. In the Fall, an alumnus is presented with the Victor J. Garo, Esq. Award for their pro bono service.

In the Spring, BU Law hosts a Year-End Pro Bono Celebration during which a faculty member and alumnus are presented respectively with a Alumni Pro Bono Award and a Faculty Pro Bono Award in recognition of their life-long commitment pro bono work. Additionally, the 3L with the highest number of pro bono hours completed will receive an award at the Year End Pro Bono Celebration. Below is a list of past award recipients and honorary speakers:

Year-End Pro Bono Celebration - Spring 2014

Pro Bono Program Alumni Public Service Award Recipient: Avner Shapiro (JD '94)

Pro Bono Alumni Award Recipient: Angela Gomes (JD '05)

Pro Bono Faculty Award Recipient: David McHaffey (JD '95)

J.D. Pro Bono Award Recipient: Elizabeth McIntyre (JD '14)

LL.M. Pro Bono Award Recipient: Zhaokun Duan (LL.M. '14)

Pro Bono Kick-Off - Fall 2013

Victor J. Garo Public Service Award Recipient: Kelly Bates ('94), Executive Director of the Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement, Learning, and Research, Emerson College

Year-End Pro Bono Celebration - Spring 2013

Faculty Pro Bono Award Recipient: Robert Sloane

Alumni Pro Bono Award Recipient: Ed Aro (JD '89)

J.D. Pro Bono Award Recipient: Kristen Wekony (JD '13)

LL.M. Pro Bono Award Recipient: Joseph Hunt (LL.M. '13)

Pro Bono Kick-Off - Fall 2012

Here is a brief description of the event: http://www.bu.edu/law/news/probono_kickoff12.shtml

Victor J. Garo Public Service Award Recipient: The Honorable Vieri Volterra ('59), Retired Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court

Victor J. Garo Public Service Award Recipient: Namita Mani Paes ('03), Litigation Associate, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Year-End Pro Bono Celebration - Spring 2012

Faculty Pro Bono Award Recipient: Constance Browne

Alumni Pro Bono Award Recipient: Thomas Cox (JD '69)

Student Pro Bono Award Recipient: Alexis Chernow (JD '12)

Pro Bono Kick-Off - Fall 2011

Victor J. Garo Public Service Award Recipient: Peter Macdonald ('84), Partner, WilmerHale

Victor J. Garo Public Service Award Recipient: Anna M. Schleelein ('08), Co-Executive Director of Shelter Legal Services, Inc and Co-Founder of the Veterans' Advocacy Network

Year-End Pro Bono Celebration - Spring 2011

Faculty Pro Bono Award Recipient: Professor Tracey M. Maclin

Alumni Pro Bono Award Recipient: Christine J. Engustian (JD '84)

Student Pro Bono Award Recipient: Nicole Schult (JD '11)

Pro Bono Kick-Off - Fall 2010

Victor J. Garo Public Service Award Recipient: Kurt G. Calia (JD '93), Partner, Covington & Burling LLP.

Victor J. Garo Public Service Award Recipient: Cassandra LaRae-Perez (JD '02), Associate, Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC.

Year-End Pro Bono Celebration - Spring 2010

Faculty Pro Bono Award Recipient: Susan M. Akram, Clinical Professor of Law

Alumni Pro Bono Award Recipient: Peter L. Resnik (JD '70), Senior Counsel, McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

Pro Bono Kick-Off - Fall 2009

Victor J. Garo Public Service Award Recipient: Edward Kelly (JD '91), Director for Foreign Operations, LaRiviere Grubman & Payne, LLP.

Year-End Pro Bono Celebration - Spring 2009

Faculty Pro Bono Award Recipient: Professor Wendy Kaplan, Clinical Associate Professor of Law

Alumni Pro Bono Award Recipient: Lois Herzeca (JD ’79), Partner, Fried Frank

Pro Bono Kick-Off - Fall 2008

Victor J. Garo Public Service Award Recipient: Martha Koster (JD ‘71), Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Year-End Pro Bono Celebration - Spring 2008

Faculty Pro Bono Award Recipient: Eva Nilsen, Supervisor, Student Defenders Program Clinical Associate Professor of Law

Victor J. Garo Public Service Award Recipient: Kenneth J. Parsigian (JD ’87), Partner, Goodwin Procter, LLP.

Pro Bono Kick-Off - Fall 2007

Victor J. Garo Public Service Award Recipient: The Honorable Judge Julian Houston (JD '71), Retired Judge, Massachusetts Superior Court

Victor J. Garo Public Service Award Recipient: Al Wallis (JD '73), Executive Director of the Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest

Year-End Pro Bono Celebration - Spring 2007

Faculty Pro Bono Award Recipient: Professor Stan Fisher, Professor of Law

Alumni Pro Bono Award Recipient: Steven Fischbach (LAW '83), Community Lawyer, Rhode Island Legal Services

Pro Bono Kick-Off - Fall 2006

Faculty Pro Bono Award Recipient: Dean Maureen O'Rourke

Alumni Pro Bono Award Recipient: Victor J. Garo (LAW ’65), The Law Offices of Victor J. Garo

Victor J. Garo Public Service Award Recipientr: Stephanie Ives (LAW ’03), Associate, Goulston & Storrs