CONTACT: Janet S. Eveleth
MSBA PR (410) 685-7878 ext. 225 

                        Sharon Goldsmith
PBRC (410) 685-7878 ext. 258



On June 26, 2001, the Honorable Robert M. Bell, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Maryland, will be honored with the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland's (PBRC) Access to Justice Award in recognition of his dedicated advocacy on behalf of equal justice for all Maryland citizens. The PBRC will honor Bell during its Access to Justice Tribute on Tuesday evening June 26 at the Center Club in Baltimore. This fundraising event begins at 6:30 PM with a reception, followed by dinner and the program.

The highlight of the evening is the presentation of the Access to Justice Award, the highest honor bestowed by PBRC. Bell has consistently provided strong support for legal services across the state and has launched numerous initiatives reflecting this commitment. In its ten year history, PBRC, the pro bono arm of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA), has only honored one other recipient with this award - Congressman Benjamin Cardin in 1996.

Proceeds from this event will support PBRC in its quest to expand the availability of volunteer lawyers and encourage new pro bono (free) projects that address the unmet legal needs of Maryland's poor and underrepresented. Created by MSBA in 1990, PBRC is a non-profit organization that functions as the statewide clearinghouse and coordinator of pro bono legal services. It recruits volunteer attorneys for pro bono service and links them with pro bono provider groups and clients in need of legal assistance.

The event will also feature a keynote address by Justice Earl Johnson, Jr. of the California Court of Appeal. Tickets for PBRC's Access to Justice Tribute are $175 per person. For additional information, contact Cathy Moran at PBRC, (410) 837-9379 or (800) 492-1964.


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