The law firm of McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, Professional Association is pleased to recognize the outstanding commitment of Patricia Panciocco with the seventh annual Jack B. Middleton Pro Bono Legal Services Award.
McLane, New Hampshire’s largest full-service law firm, with offices in Woburn, Massachusetts as well, created the award in support of its efforts to help ensure that all New Hampshire citizens, regardless of resources, have access to the justice system. Since the firm’s inception close to a century ago, McLane has been a consistent leader in supporting the state’s most vulnerable residents.
Pat is an associate in the firm’s Real Estate Department. Charla Bizios Stevens, a Litigation attorney and head of McLane’s Pro Bono Committee, awarded her with the honor, in large part for coming to the aid of a victim of residential real estate fraud.
Stevens summed, “Pat’s dedication to achieving justice for her client was tireless. She reflects the generous spirit that fuels the success of our pro bono program, and we are pleased to present Pat with the Jack B. Middleton award for her outstanding commitment.”
To be considered for the award, a lawyer must exhibit consistent dedication to providing quality legal services to the poor and underserved in the communities in which McLane has offices; show exceptional attitude and willingness to take on matters on a pro bono basis or assist others who have done so; consistently meeting the firm’s goal of 30-50 hours of pro bono work per year.
This year, 20 McLane attorneys (directors and associates alike) logged more than 30 hours each doing pro bono work, four of whom, including Panciocco, exceeded 100 hours. Collectively, dozens of McLane’s attorneys have spent almost 1700 hours this year on pro bono work.
Jack Middleton, a senior partner at the firm, was the first lawyer in private practice to be honored by the New Hampshire Bar Foundation with the Frank Rowe Kenison award for his exemplary work and substantial contributions to the betterment of New Hampshire’s citizens. An esteemed trial lawyer for fifty years, Middleton has also given tirelessly to a number of civic organizations, including holding board positions with the United Way, the Mt. Washington Observatory and New Hampshire Public Television.
Middleton was also among the pioneers of the IOLTA (“Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts”) program in New Hampshire. Under IOLTA, interest earned on certain funds held by attorneys is used by the New Hampshire Bar Foundation to fund legal services for the poor.
Pat is a resident of Auburn. She works out of the firm’s Manchester office and can be reached at 603.628.1322 or [email protected].
About the McLane Law Firm
Founded in 1919, the McLane Law Firm is the largest full-service law firm in the state of New Hampshire, with offices in Manchester, Concord and Portsmouth, as well as Woburn, Massachusetts. Driven by the firm’s depth of sophisticated legal expertise and an unwavering commitment to client service, McLane has built collaborative and lasting relationships with a broad spectrum of domestic and international clients. www.mclane.com