Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Red Mass Honors Heroes of our Archdiocesan Legal Network

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Guest Post by James D. Bishop, Esq.
Senior Program Manager for Catholic Charities' Archdiocesan Legal Network

On October 6, 2013, 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. A tradition since the Middle Ages, the Red 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, and Elena Kagan.

Immediately following the Red Mass, the John Carroll Society held a brunch at the Capital Hilton to present its Pro Bono Legal Services Awards to outstanding attorneys who devote their time and expertise helping low-income families with legal issues. The following volunteers from Catholic Charities' Archdiocesan Legal Network were recognized at the brunch: 

Charles “Tim” Engel of King & Spalding, LLP

Michael McGonnigal, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law

Meritta White, Esq.

In addition, the law firm Crowell & Moring, LLP received the award for its longstanding volunteer service in accepting pro bono cases, conducting telephone intake on a weekly basis, serving on the program’s Advisory Council, as well as being a staunch financial supporter. John McCarthy accepted the award on behalf of Crowell & Moring, LLP. 

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 600 volunteer attorneys and 50 law firms that provide an estimated $2 million annually in volunteer services. 

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 james.bishop@catholiccharitiesdc.org.