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Mary Ryan appointed chair of the ABA Pro Bono and Public Service Committee

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The American Bar Association (ABA) has appointed Mary K. Ryan, a litigation partner at Nutter McClennen & Fish, as chair of the Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service Committee, beginning at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting in August. The Committee is the ABA’s national source of information, resources and assistance to support, facilitate, and expand the delivery of pro bono legal assistance. Ryan has been a member of the Committee since 2010.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the committee,” said Mary. “We owe a great debt of gratitude to our outgoing members, as well as to past and current members, for their outstanding work on the newly revised Pro Bono Standards and the Pro Bono Data Collection Report, to name just the major committee projects of the last few years. We also have much great work ahead on a number of extremely important topics, and a great committee to undertake them.”

Ryan is an active member of the legal community and has held a number of leadership positions including serving as a former president of the Boston Bar Association and of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts. She serves on Nutter’s Pro Bono Committee and was the first chair of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services. In her legal practice, she has over 25 years of experience in environmental and land use litigation and has handled pro bono matters involving eviction defense and immigration. Ryan is a member of the American College of Environmental Lawyers and has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for the last 20 years, is ranked among the leading environmental law attorneys in the 2004-2013 editions of Chambers USA, and was named the Best Lawyers’ Boston Environmental Lawyer of the Year for 2011.

About Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP is a leading Boston law firm that provides high level legal counsel to clients who range from well-established companies and institutions to early stage entrepreneurs in a variety of industries, to foundations and families. The firm was co-founded in Boston in 1879 by Louis D. Brandeis, who was later appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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