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Massachusetts Bar Association to Present Nutter with Access to Justice Award in Recognition of Firm’s Pro Bono Contributions

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04.27.2016

The Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) will present Nutter with its Pro Bono Award for Law Firms as part of its annual Access to Justice Awards. This award honors Nutter for its significant contributions to enhancing access to justice. Nutter and seven individual honorees will be recognized at the MBA Annual Dinner on April 28.

“Nutter encourages lawyers of all levels to become involved with pro bono projects and causes,” said Deborah J. Manus, Nutter’s managing partner. “We are proud that our attorneys engage in a wide variety of civic, charitable, educational, social, and political efforts in the communities in which they live and work.”

A founding member and challenge participant in the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Project, Nutter is involved in numerous pro bono programs, including the Division of Unemployment Assistance Project, the Political Asylum/Immigration Project, Housing Court Lawyer for the Day/Eviction Defense Project, the Women’s Bar Foundation Family Law Project for Battered Women, the Medical-Legal Partnership (Boston), and the New England Innocence Project, among many others.

“Nutter has passionately supported pro bono representation and community service for the past 136 years, ever since our founding by social justice pioneer Louis D. Brandeis,” added Kenneth R. Berman, Nutter partner and chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. “Equal justice for all is a cornerstone of our legal system, and as attorneys, we are pleased to do our part to represent those who are in need of legal assistance and who must rely on pro bono counsel to obtain relief from the injustices of poverty or from systems that work to their detriment.”

Two areas of focus for Nutter’s pro bono efforts are assisting veterans and representing minors in immigration proceedings. Nutter attorneys represent claimants before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington, D.C. as part of the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, which consists of four veterans service organizations: The American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, the National Veterans Legal Services Program, and the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Nutter advises on cases as varied as World War II veterans seeking supplemental retirement income, to Vietnam veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress, to Gulf War veterans with undiagnosed disorders.

A longtime supporter of KIND (Kids in Need of Defense), Nutter attorneys provide pro bono legal assistance so that children and youth ranging in age from toddlers to young adults will not face complex and intimidating deportation proceedings on their own after they entered the country as unaccompanied minor immigrants. Founded by Angelina Jolie and Microsoft, KIND strives to ensure that no such child appears in immigration court without representation.

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About Nutter
Nutter is a top-tier, Boston-based law firm providing high-level legal counsel to clients who range from well-established companies and institutions to early stage entrepreneurs to foundations and families. The firm’s lawyers are well-known for their extensive experience in business and finance, intellectual property, litigation, real estate and land use, labor and employment, tax, and trusts and estates. Nutter was co-founded by Louis D. Brandeis, who later became a renowned justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and has been in continuous practice for 136 years. For more information, please visit www.nutter.com.

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