Powell Law has once again been given the annual Equal Access to Justice Award by the Lackawanna Bar Association and Lackawanna Pro Bono Inc. for its dedication to providing free legal counsel to needy clients. The firm has been given the award nearly every year since 2003. Powell Law was the first firm ever to be given the award. The recognition had previously only been given to individual attorneys.
“Since our grandfather founded our firm back in 1906, the attorneys at Powell Law have been giving back to the community by helping disadvantaged people who couldn’t otherwise afford to hire a lawyer,” said Attorney Mark J. Powell. “It’s been an integral part of our firm’s culture for 110 years.”
Each of the firm’s five attorneys – Mark Powell, James J. Powell III, Christopher T. Powell Jr., Bruce S. Zero, and James F. Mundy – accepted pro bono cases in 2016, 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.
Lackawanna Pro Bono Inc. 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 dozen years for its pro bono work.