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Edmund S. Muskie Award Nomination Information

The award recognizes TIPS members who have the attributes embodied by Senator Muskie: his dedication to justice for all citizens, his public service, and his role as a lawyer and distinguished leader of TIPS. In addition to individuals, formal or informal groups such as corporate legal departments or persons working cooperatively on a pro bono and/or public service project may be nominated, so long as a significant number of members of the group belong to TIPS. (TIPS Officers, Immediate Past Section Chair and immediate past and present Public Service Committee members are ineligible.) 

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2022 Edmund S. Muskie Award
Recipient, Thomas S. Leatherbury

Thomas S. Leatherbury & Roscoe J. Mutz, Co-Chair, TIPS Law in Public Service Committee (LIPS)

Thomas S. Leatherbury & Roscoe J. Mutz, Co-Chair, TIPS Law in Public Service Committee (LIPS)

Thomas Leatherbury is an appellate lawyer with 40 years of experience in state and federal appeals and trials. He has worked on commercial, tort, intellectual property and health care cases, as well as class actions. He is deeply committed to training young lawyers and to pro bono work ranging from family to immigration to constitutional law. Among many other honors, he was recently named a fellow in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, was presented with the Dallas Bar Foundation Justinian Award and was awarded a Presidential Citation from the State Bar of Texas for his commitment to helping its diversity and inclusion efforts. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School and his bachelor’s degree in history from Yale College.

Past Edmund S. Muskie
Pro Bono Service Awards Recipients

2022 - Thomas S. Leatherbury

2021 - Gail Vaughn Ashworth

2016 - W. Scott Welch III

2015 - Joshua D. Lee

2014 - Erin K. Higgins

2013 - Janis C. Puracal

2012 - Peter Antonucci

2010 - Patricia L. McKinnon

2009 - Linda Klein

2008 - Victor Garo

2007 - David Siegal

2006 - Larry P. Schiffer

2005 - A Bruce Jones

2004 - David Deehl

2003 - John P. Buckley

2002 - Robert Edward Hirshon

2001 - Linda E. Rosenzweig

2000 - Steven C. Choquette

1999 - No award given

1998 - Brittan L. Buchanan

1997 - Lisa L. Smith and Alan M. Wishnoff

Past Honor Roll Awardees

2014 – Lyndon Bittle, Joshua D. Lee

2013 – No Award Given

Edmund S. Muskie

Edmund S. Muskie


A lawyer should aspire to render at least (50) hours of pro bono publico legal services per year. In fulfilling this responsibility, the lawyer should:

Provide a substantial majority of the (50) hours of legal services without fee or expectation of fee to:

  • persons of limited means, or
  • charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental and educational organizations in matters which are designed primarily to address