Over the past year, Goodwin has dedicated more than 48,000 hours of pro bono assistance to clients across 500 matters. Nearly 600 Goodwin attorneys – 70 percent in all – have given their time and expertise to help people in need.
At the ceremony, the firm presented its Robert B. Fraser Awards recognizing a partner, counsel and associate who have provided significant service to pro bono clients and have made special contributions to the establishment or expansion of Goodwin’s pro bono programs. The recipients of those awards were:
Tom Meriam: Meriam is a New York based-partner, chair of the New York Business Law Department, and a member of the Private Equity Group. He has played a significant role in expanding significant pro bono opportunities to Goodwin lawyers interested in transactional work.
“My work for Legal Aid’s Community Development Project and on other pro bono matters has provided me not only the opportunity to positively impact the lives of folks who have real needs, but also to experience the teamwork of my colleagues at Goodwin who are equally dedicated to serving our communities."
Eric Labbe: Labbe is a counsel in the firm’s Real Estate, REITs & Real Estate Capital Markets Group in Boston. In the past five years, he has billed time to over 47 distinct pro bono matters, and is particularly active with Goodwin’s Neighborhood Business Initiative.
“I have seen that helping a person incorporate, sign a lease or obtain financing to start up his or her new business, while relatively simple for us to do, can instantly open a new world for that person. That new business can provide an income the person might not have had before and provide needed services to a neighborhood. The transformation is readily apparent and it is gratifying to be able to play a role in it.”
Teddy Manolova: Manolova is a Los Angeles-based associate in the Securities Litigation & White Collar Defense Group. She has worked diligently to help families facilitate guardianship of their loved ones, and has worked to ensure access to medical care for a disabled prisoner.
“Pro bono work not only provides much needed legal services to the disadvantaged, but it also offers attorneys unique opportunities for professional and personal growth. You can make a meaningful difference in your pro bono client's life, while simultaneously developing your legal skills, broadening your expertise and networking with other lawyers in the community.”