A Pro Bono Role Model and Champion: Edward M. Ginsburg, ’58
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On August 9th, 2014, at the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston, the Hon. Edward M. Ginsburg (Ret.) will receive an ABA Pro Bono Publico Award. This award honors those who have enhanced the human dignity of others by improving or delivering volunteer legal services to the poor. Judge – you make us proud!
Edward M. Ginsburg was an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court for nearly 25 years. Prior to his appointment to the judiciary, Judge Ginsburg ran his own private law practice for 18 years. Upon his retirement from the bench in 2002, Judge Ginsburg founded the pro bono program Senior Partners for Justice in cooperation with the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association. Senior Partners has grown to more than 1000 members including attorneys, retired judges, and law students. Among the attorneys are many experienced family law practitioners who represent low-income clients and mentor newer attorneys.
In addition to his busy pro bono career with Senior Partners for Justice, Judge Ginsburg serves as a mentor to the family law unit of Community Legal Aid, a legal services organization that provides free legal assistance to low-income residents of Central and Western Massachusetts. He is also an adjunct professor at both Boston College Law School and Suffolk University Law School, where he has taught trial practice and family law for many years. Judge Ginsburg has taught and continues to teach numerous continuing legal education programs for Suffolk University Law School, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, the Boston Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association. A thought leader before there was such a term, his published articles and book chapters have helped shape the practice of family law in Massachusetts. He also writes the popular and sometimes provocative Ask the Judge column for Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Judge Ginsburg is member of Massachusetts Chapter of the Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and the Massachusetts Family and Probate American Inn of Court.
A valued member of the legal community and a true citizen of the world, Judge Ginsburg has served in leadership roles of many legal and civic organizations. He is one of the longest serving members of the Board of Editors of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly; a longstanding member of the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee; and Trustee Emeritus of the Flaschner Foundation Judicial Institute. He was selected by the Supreme Judicial Court Steering Committee on Self-Represented Litigants to chair the Limited Assistance Representation Advisory Group which designed the first LAR pilot project in Massachusetts. Outside the legal world, Judge Ginsburg served on the Board of Trustees of World Education, Inc. and World Learning, Inc. where he now has Emeritus status.
Judge Ginsburg has received many awards honoring his excellence as a jurist, educator, and force for furthering access to justice for all. Lawyers Weekly named him Lawyer of the Year in 2004. In 2005, the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Pro Bono selected him for the prestigious John and John Quincy Adams pro Bono Public Award. Also in 2005, the Boston Globe named Judge Ginsburg Bostonian of the year for his revelations about leaks in Big Dig tunnels which he discovered while leading efforts in 2002 to 2005 to recover costs from Big Dig contractors. He is a graduate of Philips Exeter Academy, Harvard College, and Harvard Law School.