Ingrid Martin, a Collora partner is honored to be the recipient of a Pro Bono Publico Award from the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA). Ingrid will be honored, alongside seven attorneys and one law firm, at the Access to Justice Awards at the MBA Annual Dinner on Thursday, April 28, at the Westin Boston Waterfront. Presented annually by the MBA, the Access to Justice Awards recognize the efforts of attorneys and law firms who have made significant strides in enhancing access to justice.
Ingrid, who was nominated by several people, was chosen for this honor as a result of her lengthy, volunteer pro bono representation of Joseph Donovan before the Massachusetts Parole Board. Mr. Donovan was 17 years old in 1993, when he was tried as an adult and convicted of first degree felony murder. Many, including Ingrid, felt that his sentence of life without parole was out of proportion, given his age and culpability in a fight that abruptly and unexpectedly turned fatal in the fall of 1992.
Ingrid began her representation of Mr. Donovan in 2009. After a 2013 Supreme Judicial Court decision (Diatchenko v. District Attorney) granted parole eligibility to juveniles convicted of life without parole, Martin succeeded in obtaining a parole hearing for Donovan, who became the first juvenile life without parole inmate to appear before the Parole Board after the landmark ruling. In 2014, Martin’s staunch advocacy ultimately convinced the board to release Donovan after he had spent more than 20 years in prison.
Ingrid is a resident of Jamaica Plain and a graduate of Harvard Law School and Yale University. She reflects on her award: “I’m the lucky designee for a large group of people who’ve been working hard on the issues around juvenile life sentences without parole.”