Powell Law was recently given the Attorney Robert W. Munley Distinguished Service Award by Lackawanna Pro Bono Inc. for its dedication to providing free legal counsel to needy clients. Other recipients of the award were U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey and Jane Oppenheim.
The award was accepted at Pro Bono’s Annual Gala by Attorneys James J. Powell III, Christopher T. Powell Jr., Mark W. Powell, Bruce S. Zero and James F. Mundy.
“It’s incredibly humbling for us to be given the Munley Award this year because of the close relationship Bob Munley had with my father and the deep respect all of us have for Bob as a lawyer and senior member of the bar,” said Attorney Mark J. Powell. “We are proud to be the third generation of Powell lawyers to provide pro bono representation to people in our community who wouldn’t otherwise be able to hire a lawyer. It’s been a tradition since our firm was founded in 1906.”
In addition to the Munley Award, the firm was recognized with the Equal Access to Justice Award presented by the Lackawanna Bar Association and Lackawanna Pro Bono for its work representing needy clients in 2014. The firm has been given the award nearly every year since 2003. Powell Law was the first ever to be given the award as a firm. The recognition had previously only been given to individual attorneys.
Lackawanna Pro Bono provides free legal representation services to the poor by recruiting local attorneys to volunteer their professional services to financially eligible individuals, primarily Lackawanna County residents, who are confronted with serious civil legal problems.
In addition to the Lackawanna County recognition, Powell Law has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Bar Association multiple times over the past decade for its pro bono work.
Powell Law, which handles personal injury and criminal defense cases, has offices in Scranton, Stroudsburg, Taylor and Moscow.