The John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award goes to the United States law firms that “have made outstanding contributions to the quality of justice in their communities, ensuring that the legal system is open and available to all” and is provided by the American Bar Association (ABA). It usually goes to a firm with a high number of pro bono cases. This year’s recipient was Gibbons P.C.
Those interested can tune into the 2021 Virtual Litigation Section Annual Conference, where Gibbons P.C. will presumably accept the award.
Patrick Dunican, Chairman and Managing Director for Gibbons P.C., said, “The outstanding quality of the service Gibbons attorneys provide to clients is matched by the exceptional dedication of those same attorneys to working in the public interest and giving back to their communities.”
Dunican added, “Among the award’s main criteria is ‘commitment to disadvantaged, disenfranchised or other underrepresented individuals or groups,’ which Gibbons attorneys have displayed with remarkable skill and heart dating back to the firm’s earliest days.”
Executive Director Cathy Keenan of Volunteer Lawyers for Justice wrote on behalf of Gibbons: “Gibbons contributes significantly to the needs of the most vulnerable in our community, particularly veterans, families with special-needs children and those in criminal reentry. Gibbons attorneys donate their time and expertise at limited scope legal clinics where they counsel veterans on how to resolve outstanding suspensions and restore their driving privileges, leading to gainful employment, family reunification and productive citizenship.”
The Gibbons firm promotes pro bono legal work with two specific programs that its associates can join: the John J. Gibbons Fellowship in Public Interest and Constitutional Law, and Gibbons Cares.
CEO of IFEL Jill Johnson said, “In 2020, Gibbons P.C. dedicated 624 hours of focused, impactful legal pro bono work at a value of over $249,000 in support of the Small Businesses Need Us program.”