Thursday, October 13, 2011

Archdiocesan Legal Network volunteers recognized for outstanding volunteer service at the John Carroll Society's Red Mass Brunch

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Guest post by Jim D. Bishop, Esq., Senior Program Manager for Catholic Charities’ Archdiocesan Legal Network

(l to r) John Carroll Society President Paul Scolese,
Washington Archbishop Cardinal Wuerl
Stephen Murphy of Reed Smith LLP and
Msgr. Vaggi of the Legal Network Advisory Council
On October 2, 2011, the Archdiocese of Washington held its annual Red Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, DC. The Red Mass is held on the day before the U.S. Supreme Court's new term opens. The Mass is offered to invoke God's blessing and guidance on those who work in the administration of justice and serve in government such as lawyers; law professors and deans; and local, state and federal judges. This year, the following U.S. Supreme Court Justices were present: Chief Justice John G. Roberts and Associate Justices Antonin G. Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Stephen G. Breyer, Anthony M. Kennedy and Samuel A. Alito.
Immediately following the Red Mass, the John Carroll Society held a brunch at the Capital Hilton at 16th and K Streets, N.W. In addition to several of the Justices, there were close to 700 people in attendance. The John Carroll Society, which is a network of Catholic professionals who wish to serve the community through their faith, presented its Pro Bono Legal Service Awards to the Archdiocesan Legal Network’s following volunteers for providing outstanding services through the program:
  • Francis T. Coleman, Esq.
  • Mr. John Kirk of Reliable
  • Todd R. Coles, Esq. of Troutman Sanders LLP
In addition, the law firm Reed Smith LLP received the award for its longstanding volunteer service in accepting pro bono cases, serving on the program’s Advisory Council, as well as being a staunch financial supporter.
The Archdiocesan Legal Network is able to provide access to first-rate legal representation as well as educate D.C. and Maryland residents about their legal rights, thanks to its cadre of more than 800 volunteer attorneys and 57 law firms that provide an estimated $10 million annually in volunteer services. The network connects low-income clients with high-quality pro bono legal help for their civil matters. The Legal Network also conducts a number of community trainings each year to advise residents and community groups of different matters and how they relate to the law.
If you are interested in volunteering with the Archdiocesan Legal Network, please contact James D. Bishop, Esq., Senior Program Manager, at (202) 772-1201 or by email at