The Boston Bar Association will present the President’s Award at its Annual Meeting to Daniel Cloherty and Saraa Basaria.
The BBA is honoring Mr. Cloherty and Ms. Basaria as part of a consortium of lawyers from the public and private sector who collectively donated their time and efforts to represent incarcerated individuals at the height of the COVID pandemic.
The lawsuits were filed on behalf of vulnerable Massachusetts prisoners facing unsafe conditions in prisons across Massachusetts, including a case filed by Mr. Cloherty and Ms. Basaria on behalf of federal detainees at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility.
“The lawyers we honor put aside the personal challenges we all faced when the pandemic hit to bring impact litigation on behalf of individuals detained in prisons and houses of correction who faced – and continue to face – extraordinary risks as a result of COVID-19,” said BBA President Marty Murphy in a written statement. “We are proud to recognize these lawyers for fulfilling the very best tradition of our profession by representing the most vulnerable among us, even as we recognize that their work will and must continue."
The virtual Annual Meeting is slated for Nov. 10.
Mr. Cloherty, a partner at the firm, has extensive experience handling a wide variety of civil and criminal matters in state and federal courts. Ms. Basaria concentrates her litigation practice on employment law, commercial disputes, and criminal defense.