“Our firm’s founders, particularly my grandfather who started the tradition, believed we 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 by representing clients who couldn’t otherwise afford to hire a lawyer.”
In 2010, Powell Law was honored from the sixth time by the Lackawanna Bar Association and Lackawanna Pro Bono Inc., with its “Equal Access to Justice Award” for providing pro bono legal representation. 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.
The Lackawanna County award came on the heels of a Pro Bono Award the firm received in the fall of 2009 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