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2020 Annual Rhode Island Bar Association Awards Winners


While we will not be able to honor this year’s outstanding awards winners in June, we are looking forward to planning an event, to take place as soon as we’re able to do so safely, to properly recognize the outstanding work of the following members who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the profession.

RALPH P. SEMONOFF AWARD FOR PROFESSIONALISM
Presented to an attorney who has, by his or her ethical and personal conduct, commitment and activities exemplified, for fellow Rhode Island attorneys, the epitome of professionalism in the law, advancing the calling of professional practice through leadership, high standards of integrity, commitment and dedication.
Thomas M. Dickinson, Esq.

FLORENCE K. MURRAY AWARD
Presented to a person who by example or otherwise has influenced women to pursue legal careers, opened doors for women attorneys, or advanced opportunities for women within the legal profession.
Susan Leach DeBlasio, Esq.

VICTORIA M. ALMEIDA SERVANT LEADER AWARD
Presented to an individual who demonstrates the principles and values of servant leadership and who is a beacon of light and hope to others by illuminating the path to greater justice for all. A servant leader is one who puts the needs of an organization or others before oneself. A servant leader has the innate quality of wanting to serve others and, for that reason, takes the care to ensure the needs of others are met.
Christine J. Engustian, Esq.

2020 PRO BONO AWARDS
Since 1987, Pro Bono Awards have recognized the outstanding efforts of those who provide equal access to justice to the poor through a Rhode Island Bar Association pro bono program. Recipients demonstrate dedication to the administration of justice, professionalism, compassion, and commitment to public service.

Volunteer Lawyer Program
Doris A. Lavallee, Esq.

Pro Bono Program for the Elderly
Gregory P. Sorbello, Esq.

Continuing Service Award
Phillip C. Koutsogiane, Esq.

The name of the winner of our 2020 Rhode Island Bar Journal Lauren E. Jones Writing Award will be announced in June. Congratulations to all the winners on their outstanding accomplishments!