Garin Selected to Receive WBA’s 2022 Lelia J. Robinson Award

Patty Garin
Patty Garin ’84

07.07.22 —Patricia Garin ’84, co-director of Northeastern Law’s Prisoners’ Rights Clinic and of counsel at Shapiro & Teitelbaum, has been selected as one of two recipients of the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association’s Lelia J. Robinson Award for 2022.

The Lelia J. Robinson Award is the WBA’s top honor, recognizing women pioneers in the legal profession who have made a difference in the community. In recognizing Garin, the WBA salutes her work as a national leader in complex criminal defense and civil rights litigation, renowned for representing clients in parole, clemency and sentencing proceedings. The WBA also notes that since 1994, she has served as an adjunct professor and co-director of our Prisoners’ Rights Clinic, where she and Professor Wally Holohan are legendary for their work supervising law students representing inmates at Parole Board hearings and prison disciplinary hearings.

“Patty is an extraordinary role model for every lawyer in our community and beyond. We are so deeply grateful for her leadership in the law and her commitment to our law school over the decades,” said Dean James Hackney.

Garin will be honored at the WBA’s annual Gala on October 24, 2022, at Artists For Humanity in Boston. Laurie Bishop ’08, a partner at Hirsch Roberts Weinstein, will be also be recognized as an emerging leader at the fall ceremony.

Northeastern Law Community Past Recipients of Lelia J. Robinson Award

Stephanie Page ’78 (2004)
Sarah McClean ’78 (2009)
Ann Morse Hartner ’88 (2009)
Professor Margaret Burnham (1995)
Professor Clare Dalton (1997)
Elaine Epstein ’76 (1999)
Mary Bonauto ’87 (2000)
Professor Judith Olans Brown (2013)
Monica Halas ’78 (2014)
Susan Sard Tierney ’85 (2015)
Professor Hon. Fernande Duffly (2016)
Hon. Margo Botsford ’73 (2017)
Professor Hon. Geraldine Hines (2017)
Late Hon. Nonnie Burnes ’77-’78 (2021)

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