Written by National Association of Women Judges|June 29, 2020|News
On May 20, 2020, the Pro Bono Resource Center (PBRC) of Maryland named Judge Cathy Hollenberg Serrette a 2020 Maryland Pro Bono Service Award Recipient. Maryland Pro Bono Service Awards celebrate exemplary commitment to pro bono service and are awarded by the PBRC of Maryland. PBRC plans to officially honor the winners during the Maryland State Bar Association Legal Excellence Week scheduled for the Fall of 2020.
Judge Serrette has been an NAWJ member since 2001. She sits on the Circuit Court for Prince George's County, Maryland. Here’s what Retired Caroline County Circuit Court jurist had to say:
Judge Serrette has spent her entire career serving people in poverty and advancing civil rights. In her private practice before joining the bench, she offered pro bono services in family law, human trafficking, and juvenile justice cases through multiple organizations. A particular passion has been her advocacy on child welfare, and once on the bench, she committed herself to leading efforts on foster care enhancement, special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS) for unaccompanied immigrant children, and re-entry for youth. In 2002, Judge Serrette was appointed to the Court of Appeals’ Standing Committee on Pro Bono where she continues to serve as an active member encouraging the southern Maryland region in particular to engage in pro bono service. She serves on the Access to Justice Commission, served on the board of Community Legal Services for years, co-chaired the Partners for Justice Conference and was President of PBRC among numerous other activities.