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HIGHLIGHTS: Honoring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Pro Bono Institute (PBI) was honored to present Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with the inaugural Esther F. Lardent Hall of Fame for Excellence in Pro Bono Award in late February.

 of the presentation of the award, her acceptance speech, and an animated and engaging “interview” with Justice Ginsburg and PBI Board Member Greg Jordan of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

This prestigious award recognizes Justice Ginsburg’s extraordinary commitment to public service and long-standing support of pro bono and access to justice. She is a true inspiration to the pro bono champions that PBI has the opportunity to work with every day. Her work as an advocate, a teacher, and a jurist embodies the vision of the legal profession that we all strive to instill in our work.

While Justice Ginsburg’s experiences shaped her dedication to championing equal treatment for all, she also illuminated a path for generations of aspiring lawyers and judges to follow.

The Esther F. Lardent Hall of Fame for Excellence in Pro Bono was established in 2016, in memory of Pro Bono Institute’s founding president, and recognizes individuals and organizations that have shown an extraordinary commitment to pro bono and have made a profound impact on advancing the aspirational goal of access to justice for all.

Those recognized have demonstrated a significant commitment to pro bono over a substantial period of time, demonstrated exemplary leadership promoting access to justice, or served as a thought leader and inspiration to the legal profession.

Founded in 1996, Pro Bono Institute (PBI) is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization. With an unparalleled depth of knowledge, resources and expertise, PBI is the respected resource for all things pro bono. Through PBI’s work with law firms, in-house legal departments, and public interest organizations, PBI is the global thought leader in exploring, identifying, evaluating, catalyzing, and taking to scale new approaches to and resources for the provision of legal services to the poor, disadvantaged, and other individuals or groups unable to secure legal assistance to address critical problems. For more information, visit