The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service has honored Howard Goffen (JD '60), principal at Howard T. Goffen & Associates, with the prestigious 2012 Pro Bono Publico Award. The award is presented each year to law firms and other legal institutions “that have enhanced the human dignity of others by improving or delivering volunteer legal services to the poor.” Goffen is the only 2012 recipient currently practicing in the Midwest region.
In recognizing Goffen, the ABA focused on his seven years and more than 7,000 hours of pro bono services to low-income and elderly clients with the Legal Assistance Foundation for Metroplitan Chicago (LAF), the city's largest provider of pro bono legal services. Goffen joined LAF as pro bono counsel in 2005 and regularly dedicates 20-30 hours a week toward mentoring and assisting clients and staff. He has served as primary counsel or co-counsel on more than 120 cases.
In a press announcement at Americanbar.org, LAF praised Goffen as the embodiment of a model pro bono attorney, and its most committed, talented, dedicated and selfless pro bono volunteer. Goffen's commitment to LAF and his dedication to pro bono legal work follow his 40 years of experience in the private sector.
Goffen will receive his award on August 6, at the Pro Bono Publico Awards assembly luncheon during the ABA annual meeting in Chicago.