Senior Associate Peter Osborn was honored with the Civil Rights Pro Bono Recognition Award from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice at its annual reception held at the Boston College Club in Boston on June 13. The annual reception honors civil rights leaders as well as its member firms’ associates who dedicate an impressive amount of time and energy to pro bono work.
Osborn, who is a member of WilmerHale’s Corporate Practice and Emerging Company Group, was recognized for his work with the Belin Economic Justice Project (EJP) of the Lawyers’ Committee and the Supplier Diversity Office over the past two years. He has participated in workshops and clinics in different locations throughout the Greater Boston area. In 2011, these firm-led workshops and clinics served more than 60 low-income entrepreneurs and provided education and assistance to more than 20 small businesses. Osborn has provided valuable business legal assistance and education to entrepreneurs who are starting or operating community businesses and his leadership illustrates his commitment to pro bono legal service, particularly to those communities of color that may be disenfranchised and unable to access quality legal assistance.
The Lawyers’ Committee is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan legal organization that provides pro bono legal representation to victims of discrimination based on race or national origin. The committee’s mission is to provide a safeguard for the civil, social and economic liberties of residents in Greater Boston and throughout Massachusetts. The Supplier Diversity Office helps promote the development of business enterprises and nonprofit organizations owned and operated by minorities and/or women and certifies businesses to be eligible to participate in affirmative business opportunities offered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.