Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland (PBRC) Executive Director Sharon E. Goldsmith received a 2013 Presidential Citation at the American Bar Association’s recent Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
The Presidential Citation is an honor that allows the ABA president to recognize lawyers who have made significant contributions to the legal profession and the ABA, and who exhibit exceptional leadership qualities.
Goldsmith was nominated by 2012-2013 ABA President Laurel Bellows and approved by a three-member subcommittee of the ABA Board of Governors Operations Committee. Recipients are chosen from the nearly 400,000 bar membership. No more than 10 of these citations are presented each association year.
The award recognizes Goldsmith’s outstanding contribution and service to the ABA’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, where she served from 2008 until 2013. During her tenure, Goldsmith helped launch the successful National Celebration of Pro Bono Week campaign, and chaired the Policy and Advocacy Committee which, among other initiatives, revised the ABA Standards for Programs Providing Civil Pro Bono Legal Services to Persons of Limited Means. (The revised Standards were adopted unanimously by the ABA House of Delegates.) While presenting the citation, Bellows lauded PBRC as a pioneer and model for pro bono advocacy across the country and praised Maryland’s commitment.
When asked to comment on her citation, Goldsmith stated, “I am tremendously honored and humbled by the award. While I deeply appreciate being recognized for my efforts, I am most grateful for my association with the members of the ABA Standing Committee, staff, and incredible volunteers with whom I have been privileged to work. I am also quite proud that the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland has earned such a stellar reputation and has been instrumental in ensuring that pro bono service thrives. Our state’s recognition reflects the dedication and leadership of the Maryland bar, bench, and legal services community.”
Sharon E. Goldsmith is a graduate of George Washington University National Law Center and is the Executive Director of the PBRC.