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MLRI Awards

Over the years, MLRI and its advocacy staff have received over 75 honors and awards from local and national organizations for our innovative and effective advocacy and systemic reform initiatives.  Below is a list of the recognitions the program and current staff have received in recent years.

Award Recipient Presented By
2015
NLG Rob Doyle Lawyer Award Iris Gomez National Lawyers Guild
2014
Changing the Equation Pat Baker EOS Foundation
Public Service Award Susan Elsen Domestic Violence Task Force
Public Service Award Liza Hirsch Domestic Violence Task Force
2013
Access to Justice Ruth Bourquin Massachusetts Bar Association
Founders Award Judith Liben Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership (MBHP)
2012
Massachusetts Union of Public Housing Tenants Annette Duke Massachusetts Union of Public Housing Tenants
2011
The Dr. Raymond Wheeler /Senator Paul Wellstone Anti-Hunger Advocacy Leadership Award
In recognition of her central role in fighting hunger through public policy and steadfast championing of the needs of poor people.
Pat Baker Food Research Action Center
Top Women of Law Fran Fajana Laywers Weekly
2010
Paul Winske Access Award
For Efforts to Make Health Care Accessible to All in Massachusetts
Vicky Pulos Stavros Center for Independent Living
2009
Inspiring Leadership Award Ruth Bourquin Homes For Families
Women of Justice Award Ruth Bourquin
Iris Gomez
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly with the Women's Bar Association and Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers
Kit Clark Award Pat Baker Massachusetts Meals on Wheels Association
2008
David B. Bryson Award Judith Liben National Housing Law Project and Housing Justice Network
The Boston Foundation Award MLRI The Boston Foundation
Union of Minority Neighborhoods Award Fran Fajana Union of Minority Neighborhoods
Governor's Citation
In recognition of outstanding advocacy work
Fran Fajana Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Commonwealth Workforce Coalition
Awards for CORI Focus on Getting Jobs
MLRI, Fran Fajana, and Ernest Winsor Commonwealth Workforce Coalition
First Supporters Award MLRI Boston Workers Alliance
2007
Massachusetts Union of Public Housing Tenants Annette Duke Massachusetts Union of Public Housing Tenants
Deignan Intergenerational Service Award Pat Baker Intergenerational Urban Institute at Worcester State College
Daniel Levy Award Iris Gomez National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
35th Anniversary Award Ernest Winsor Mass. Correctional Legal Services
Give Liberty A Hand Award Iris Gomez MIRA Coalition
2005
1st Annual Spirit of Stonewall Award Neil Cronin AIDS Action Committee
Boston City Council Resolution for CORI Work MLRI and Ernest Winsor Boston City Council Resolution for CORI Work
Annual Dinner Award Ernest Winsor Union of Minority Neighborhoods
Dr. Joseph A. Brenner Award Allan Rodgers Community Legal Services and Counseling Center
American Immigration Lawyers’ Association Jack Wasserman Award
For Excellence in Immigration Law Litigation
Iris Gomez American Immigration Lawyers’ Association Jack Wasserman Award
Annual Dinner Award Judith Liben National Lawyers’ Guild, Mass. Chapter