On December 8, the City of Boston honored Goodwin Procter with the 2014 Community Champion award at its annual We Are Boston Gala. The award recognized the firm’s involvement in Boston’s first Citizenship Day, a citywide event organized to assist legal permanent residents in becoming naturalized U.S. citizens. Partnering with the Greater Boston Citizenship Initiative, 23 Goodwin attorneys prepared and reviewed applications for citizenship, fee waivers and supporting documents for more than 180 applicants. Goodwin’s chairman emeritus Regina Pisa accepted the award on behalf of the firm.
The award ceremony was hosted by the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians (MONB) and is a celebration of Boston’s diversity, immigrant heritage and contributions. At this year’s event, MONB also honored the achievements of the Honorable Margaret H. Marshall, 24th Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and Rafael Baez.
Goodwin attendees at the event included Citizenship Day participants Ken Gordon, Theresa Kavanaugh, Inez Friedman-Boyce, and Eric Fox, Pro Bono Co-Chair Rob Carroll, and Pro Bono Administrators Carolyn Rosenthal and Julia Holczer.