Robinson & Cole partner Peter R. Knight accepted the 2018 Pro Bono Award on behalf of the firm.

The Hartford County Bar Association presented its 2018 Pro Bono Award to Robinson & Cole May 4 during the association’s Law Day Ceremony at Hartford Superior Court.

The firm was nominated for the award by Statewide Legal Services (SLS) of Connecticut, which coordinates free civil representation for disadvantaged clients throughout the state, connecting them with lawyers from a network of participating firms.

“Robinson & Cole continually demonstrates significant and longstanding dedication to the delivery of pro bono legal services,” said SLS Pro Bono Attorney Manager Ashleigh M. Backman. “The law firm has shown distinguished leadership in its efforts to bridge Connecticut’s access to civil justice gap affecting low-income men, women and children in Connecticut.”

SLS applauded Robinson & Cole’s Domestic Violence Restraining Order Program, which gives otherwise unrepresented victims of domestic violence access to attorney advice, along with help navigating the court system. She also noted the firm underwrites an annual Stand Down community outreach event, which provides legal educational materials to homeless veterans; and partners with SLS to promote institutional awareness of the importance of supporting pro bono services in Connecticut.

“SLS is grateful to the more than 50 Robinson & Cole attorneys, both associates and partners, who have partnered with us to provide an array of pro bono legal help to our most vulnerable clients,” Backman said.

The HCBA is dedicated to promoting public service and furthering the principles of law and justice. SLS coordinates the largest pro bono civil legal aid program in Connecticut.

Thomas Farrell Receives CBA’s Pro Bono Award   Pro bono was also saluted recently at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder, whose Thomas J. Farrell was recognized with The Honorable Anthony V. DeMayo Pro Bono Award by the Connecticut Bar Association.

“Tom was selected for this award based on his demonstrated dedication to the provision of legal services to those in need without expectation of payment,” the firm announced in a press release. “This award reflects Tom’s desire to ensure members of his community have access to legal representation and equal opportunity.”

Farrell represents tenants in housing proceedings and focuses on consumer bankruptcies with clients who are typically in need, some suffering from mental health issues and other disabilities. He recently represented two veterans facing eviction and homelessness, obtaining housing before eviction actions were completed.