Benjamin Jones ’13 receives Supreme Judicial Court’s Adams Pro Bono Publico Award, becomes only second law student honoree
Praised for CORI Initiative leadership and “tremendous dedication”
(Boston, 10/31/13) New England Law | Boston: Benjamin Jones ’13 has been awarded an Adams Pro Bono Publico Award from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, becoming only the second law student to be so honored.
The prestigious awards, named in honor of attorneys John Adams and John Quincy Adams, were bestowed in a recent ceremony at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston.
The awards honor Massachusetts lawyers, law students, small and large law firms, government attorney offices, corporate law departments, law schools, or other institutions in the legal profession that demonstrate outstanding and exceptional commitment to providing volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged.
In its presentation to Jones, the Standing Committee noted “…his tremendous dedication to pro bono work while a student in law school, including his leadership and management of the CORI Initiative, which assists indigent persons in sealing old criminal records.” The CORI Initiative is a project of the Center for Law and Social Responsibility (CLSR), whose co-director, Professor David Siegel, and fellow, Kevin Crane ’13, attended the awards ceremony.
"The Adams Award is a great opportunity for Massachusetts law schools to see the potential of not only public interest-focused students, but of any student wishing to get practical experience through volunteering their time for those most in need of legal aid,” said Jones. “I am grateful for New England Law's encouragement in these areas."
Professor Siegel commented, “Ben is a remarkable example of what can be done in public interest if a student takes advantage of every opportunity for pro bono and volunteer work available at New England Law and Boston generally.”
Jones’s additional involvement in the Greater Boston public interest law community includes internships and volunteer positions with Shelter Legal Services, Greater Boston Legal Services, and the New England Innocence Project. At New England Law | Boston, he worked for the CLSR; was named to the Public Service Honor Roll and the Dean’s List multiple times; served as president of the Immigration Law Association; and was a member of the Public Interest Law Association.