The Public Interest/Pro-Bono Attorney of the Year Program
The Public Interest/Pro-Bono Attorney of the Year Program at the Goods & Services Auction honors and recognizes those attorneys who devote their time to those in need through their pro-bono efforts. Those who are recognized best exemplify public interest legal work performed in the areas of poverty law, civil rights law or public rights law, including representation of charitable organizations. For purposes of the award criteria, public interest legal service includes legal work affecting broad areas of public concern including the prosecution of crimes, the legal right of consumers, the elderly, the poor, and groups whose legal rights are not otherwise adequately represented and who traditionally lack access to the courts. Pro-bono work is defined as legal services to persons of limited means undertaken without expectation of fee.