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Local attorney wins Defender Award

Posted by Gail Waterhouse  March 9, 2010 10:00 AM

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The following is a press release from the Massachusetts Bar Association:

Beth.JPGThe Massachusetts Bar Association will honor Medford resident and Somerville attorney Beth L.  Eisenberg with the Defender Award at the Access to Justice Awards Luncheon on March 12. The event will be a part of MBA’s Annual Conference held at the Westin Copley Place in Boston.

Eisenberg, an attorney with the Committee for Public Counsel Services, is one of five attorneys and one law firm to be acknowledged at the luncheon for exemplary pro bono efforts. The Defender Award is given to an attorney who is employed or retained by a public or non-profit agency to provide criminal legal services to low-income clients, and who has made a particularly significant or meaningful contribution to the provision of low-income legal services above and beyond the requirements of his or her position.

“The MBA has the distinct honor of recognizing Massachusetts attorneys who selflessly devote their expertise and energy to represent the most vulnerable of our citizens,” said MBA President Valerie A. Yarashus, who designated access to justice as a prominent theme of her presidential term.

For her entire career, Eisenberg has worked vigorously to assist those who most desperately need a strong advocate and who encounter daily obstacles concerning access to justice. She began her legal career in the tax department at Gaston & Snow, before practicing for a few years at CPCS and then Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services. She also worked with the Center for Public Representation before returning to CPCS in 2001.

“Every case presents its own challenge, its own promise and its own difficulties that must be thought through. Sometimes the challenge is to be a cold-eyed rationalist for clients in pain, and sometimes the challenge is to remain meticulous when you're dog-tired,” Eisenberg said.

In addition to being the director of Special Litigation at CPCS, Eisenberg is involved in both appellate advocacy and supervision of CPCS advocacy regarding sex offenders’ issues, sentencing issues and issues regarding criminal justice procedure. She also serves as a mentor, advising and guiding her colleagues.

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