BOSTON (June 2, 2008) — McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to announce that the Firm will be honored with the 2008 Robert B. Fraser Award for Pro Bono Excellence by the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts, Inc. (VLA). McDermott will be presented with the award at the annual VLA Jazz Night on Thursday, June 12, 2008, at the Scullers Jazz Club in the Double Tree Guest Suites Hotel.
The Fraser Award is given annually by the VLA to an individual lawyer, law firm or legal services organization that shows a sincere dedication to serving the legal needs of the cultural and artistic communities of Massachusetts.
"McDermott Will & Emery has demonstrated a strong commitment to and support of the arts community of Massachusetts. In addition, the depth and diversity of the Firm's pro bono work generally, both locally and nationally, distinguishes McDermott as a firm at the forefront of public service in the law. We look forward to continuing our work with all of you for many years to come," commented Sheri S. Mason, Director of Legal Services for VLA.
"McDermott is honored to be recognized by VLA," commented Susan Cooke, head of the Firm's Boston office.
David Cifrino who leads the office's efforts on behalf of VLA noted that, "McDermott has a long-standing tradition of community involvement and our lawyers have done an outstanding job in their individual projects."
The Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization established to meet the legal needs of the state's artistic community. Since its inception, the VLA has expanded its services to include legal services for artists and arts organizations as well as educational opportunities for artists, arts organizations and attorneys. VLA also assists local art and cultural institutions in finding attorneys to sit on their respective boards of directors who embrace the mission of the individual organization. For more information visit: www.vlama.org.
The people of McDermott Will & Emery are committed to giving back to the communities where they work and live. The Firm recognizes and appreciates the need to give back to the communities of which it is a part, assisting those who are unable to afford legal services. We strongly encourage our lawyers and staff to participate in pro bono activities, volunteer services and charitable activities. Our Pro Bono & Community Services Committee seeks to ensure that the same Firm standards of quality, service and care that are given to our paying clients are also afforded to those we serve on a pro bono basis.