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Prisoners’ Legal Services and other advocates honored with BBA President’s Award

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:

Amy Barsky
Fick & Marx LLP

Saraa Basaria
Todd & Weld LLP

Max Bauer
Suffolk County
Superior Court

Daniel Cloherty
Todd & Weld LLP

William Fick
Fick & Marx LLP

Ruth Greenberg

Jennifer Honig
Mental Health Legal Advisors

Rebecca Jacobstein

Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal
Lawyers for Civil Rights

Phillip Kassel
Mental Health Legal Advisors

Benjamin Keehn

Victoria Kelleher
MA Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Rebecca Kiley

Jessica LeClair
Mental Health Legal Advisors

J. Leon Smith
Citizens for Juvenile Justice

Daniel Marx
Fick & Marx

Adam McCall

Laura McCready
ACLU Massachusetts

Katherine Naples-Mitchell
Harvard Law School

Oren Nimni
Lawyers for Civil Rights

Brien O’Connor
Ropes & Gray

David Rassoul Rangaviz

Jessie Rossman
ACLU Massachusetts

David Rudin

Matthew Segal
ACLU Massachusetts

Oren Sellstrom
Lawyers for Civil Rights

Meredith Shih
Harvard Law School Criminal Justice Institute

David Siegel
New England School of Law

Chauncey Wood
Wood & Nathanson LLP