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John W. Cummiskey Pro Bono Award

The purpose of this award is to foster awareness of the need for involvement of the private bar in delivering legal services to the poor, by giving public recognition each year to a Michigan lawyer who has made a significant pro bono contribution to this effort. The award is established in the name of John W. Cummiskey of Grand Rapids, a leading advocate and activist in the cause of making legal services available to all, without regard to economic status.

Any State Bar member in good standing is eligible to be nominated. Selection will be made by the Pro Bono Initiative with final approval by the Board of Commissioners.

Application Form: Apply online or complete the Word document

Previous Winners
2014 Susan M. Kornfield
2013 Robert G. Mossel
2012 Ann M. Ozog
2011 Elizabeth Joy Fossel
2010 Eric I. Frankie
2009 Joseph C. Basta
2008 Richard Bernstein

Maia Justine Storm

2006 Michael S. Callahan
2005 Nelson Miller
2004 Joseph W. Cunningham
2003 Nino E. Green
2002 Margaret A. Costello
2001 Steven J. Cernak
2000 Joel D. Kellman
1999 Daniel V. Zemaitis
1998 Peter P. Darrow
1997 Karen Russell
1996 Steven L. Williams
1995 Mary Schieve
1994 Mark Brewer
1993 Edward Meany
1992 Virginia Cairns
1991 Bruce A. Courtade
1990 David E.S. Marvin
1989 John W. Martin
1988 Richard M. Skutt
1987 Thomas C. Clinton
1986 Richard J. Darger
1985 Robert Beuerle
1984 Frederick M. Baker Jr.
1983 Michael C. Barnes


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