For the sixth time, Powell Law has been honored by the Lackawanna Bar Association and Lackawanna Pro Bono, Inc., with its Equal Access to Justice Award for providing free legal representation to needy clients. While many individual attorneys have been recognized by the LBA for their pro bono work, Powell Law was the first law firm ever to be honored with the award.
“Our firm’s founders believed attorneys have a duty and obligation to help those who are unable to help themselves,” said Attorney Mark J. Powell. “For three generations, the lawyers at Powell Law have honored that tradition of community service.”
The Lackawanna County award comes on the heels of a Pro Bono Award the firm received last fall from the Pennsylvania Bar Association, which recognizes “the direct legal services and exceptional public service of Pennsylvania attorneys.” Powell Law was one of only three firms in the state to receive the 2009 PBA award. The firm has been honored with the PBA award in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009. In addition, two of the firm’s attorneys, James J. Powell III and Christopher T. Powell Jr., were honored individually by the PBA for their pro bono work in 2004.
All of the firm’s attorneys – James J. Powell III, Christopher T. Powell Jr., Mark J. Powell, Bruce S. Zero and Christopher Osborne – accepted pro bono referrals in 2009, enabling indigent members of the community to obtain legal representation free of charge.