Six lawyers with Prisoners’ Legal Services were part of a team honored by the Boston Bar Association for their work representing incarcerated individuals during the COVID pandemic.
The BBA presented its President’s Award to the group at its annual meeting Nov. 10. The lawyers, from the public and private sector, worked diligently to file lawsuits on behalf of vulnerable Massachusetts prisoners facing unsafe conditions in prisons across the Commonwealth.
Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, Executive Director of Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, accepted the award on behalf of all the attorneys.
“The lawyers we honor put aside the personal challenges we all faced when the pandemic hit to bring impact litigation on behalf of individuals detained in prisons and houses of correction who faced—and continue to face—extraordinary risks as a result of COVID-19. We are proud to recognize these lawyers for fulfilling the very best tradition of our profession by representing the most vulnerable among us, even as we recognize that their work will and must continue,” said BBA President Marty Murphy.
The honorees from Prisoners’ Legal Services include: Elizabeth Matos, Michael Horrell, David Milton, James Pingeon, Bonita Tenneriello, and Jessica White.
The honorees also included: