The Honor Roll began in 2011 as part of the National Celebration of Pro Bono. Along with the D.C. Access to Justice Commission and the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, the District of Columbia Courts invited attorneys to self-report their pro bono contributions over the course of a calendar year.
Professor Mullen’s pro bono work was directed along two fronts. With her students, she volunteered every Thursday morning during the semester to staff the Small Claims Resource Center.
“This is an important access to justice project that assists dozens of self-represented parties in what may be their first court experience. We help them navigate the court processes necessary to win their cases and collect on their judgments,” said Mullen.
Along with Dr. Enrique Pumar, the chair of the CUA Sociology Department, Mullen is also leading a community engagement project that examines the legal needs of low income individuals from their perspective.
The vast majority of Professor Duggin's pro bono hours last year were spent as the presiding officer of an ecclesiastical disciplinary tribunal of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. She also spent several hours supervising students engaged in First Amendment research for the Newseum.
Chief Judge Eric T. Washington and Chief Judge Lee F. Satterfield on behalf of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia respectively, expressed their gratitude to the attorneys who were included in this year’s list.
“Only with your support can we begin to close the justice gap that has captured too many for too long,” the judges wrote. “With stretched resources and a growing demand, we must turn to private and government lawyers to serve those who otherwise would proceed without counsel and at a noticeable disadvantage.”
The number of names on the Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll has grown every year since its inception. In 2013, 4,253 attorneys performed 50 hours or more of pro bono service. More than half of that group performed 100 hours or more, qualifying them for recognition on the High Honor Roll. Honor Roll members represent a broad swath of the local legal community, hailing from 143 law firms, scores of solo practices, federal and local government agencies, and public interest organizations.