Frances Perkins Public Service Award
The need for pro bono services in the labor and employment area is acute. Questions relating to labor and employment law account for more than a quarter of the issues raised in many pro bono programs. The American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law wishes to acknowledge the individuals, firms, corporate and union legal departments, government agencies, and other organizations who help to meet this crucial need.
As a result, in 2003 the Section established the Frances Perkins Public Service Award ("Award"). Named after Frances Perkins, appointed in 1933 by President Franklin Roosevelt as Secretary of Labor and instrumental in the birth of the Social Security Act, the Award recognizes individuals or organizations that demonstrate a significant commitment to providing pro bono legal services primarily in the areas of labor and employment law to persons of limited means or to nonprofit, governmental, civic, community or religious organizations designed primarily to address the needs of individuals with limited means.
Award Criteria & Requirements
To be eligible, a nominee must meet all of the following criteria:
Section Membership: An individual nominee must be a member of the Section. A Section member who is actively involved in the pro bono project must be employed by, associated with, or involved in a firm, corporate or union legal department, government agency, or other organization that is nominated for the Award.
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Rule 6.1: The pro bono services that were performed must meet the definition of pro bono services under Rule 6.1 of the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct (Rule 6.1). Preference will be given to nominees who provide pro bono services in the labor and employment law area, although nominees may provide pro bono services in other areas.
Significant Services: The pro bono services provided must be significant. Examples of such significant services include:
Innovative Delivery: An innovative approach to the delivery of pro bono legal services to people of limited means or to nonprofit, governmental, civic, community or religious organizations designed primarily to address the needs of individuals with limited means.
New Policy/Outcome: A significant new policy or systemic outcome benefiting people of limited means or nonprofit, governmental, civic, community or religious organizations designed primarily to address the needs of individuals with limited means.
Expansion of Services: An expansion of pro bono services to a previously underserved community or segment of the population.
For nomination requirements, download the current Frances Perkins Public Service Award brochure.
2007 Wendy Brenner 2006 The Unemployment Insurance for Battered Women Project and its Project Attorney Carrie Gargas 2005 2004 Michael Banks
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