Powell Law’s free legal representation of needy clients was recognized once again when the Lackawanna Bar Association and Lackawanna Pro Bono Inc. presented the firm with its Equal Access to Justice Award last week at the bar association’s annual dinner and meeting at the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center.
The award acknowledges the firm’s 100 percent participation in Lackawanna Pro Bono in 2013. While many individual attorneys are recognized every year for their pro bono work, Powell Law was the first law firm ever to be recognized with the Equal Access to Justice Award and has received the award nine times in recent years.
“This award is a great honor for us,” said Attorney Mark J. Powell. “We are proud to continue the tradition started by our grandfather who founded our firm in 1906 with the belief that lawyers should give back to the community by providing representation to those who wouldn’t otherwise have access to justice.”
Each of the firm’s five attorneys – James J. Powell III, Christopher T. Powell Jr., Mark Powell, Bruce S. Zero, and James F. Mundy – accepted pro bono cases in 2013, enabling indigent members of the community to obtain legal representation free of charge.
In addition to receiving the local award, Powell Law has been among a handful of firms to consistently receive the annual Pro Bono Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Two of the firm’s attorneys, James Powell and Christopher Powell, were honored with individual Pro Bono Awards from the PBA in 2004.
Powell Law, which focuses on personal injury litigation and criminal defense, has offices in Scranton, Stroudsburg, Taylor and Moscow.