October 28, 2016

MWLS congratulates Attorney Bancroft “Bats” Wheeler on receiving the 2016 Supreme Judicial Court Adam Pro Bono Publico Award. Bats has been volunteering with MWLS since 2013. He started at MWLS as an Access to Justice Fellow with a one year commitment and hasn’t left.

 Bats a former partner at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP in their Trusts and Estates Department, took his decades of experience to help MWLS clients draft wills, durable powers of attorney and health care proxies. When clients were unable to come to the office, Bats would travel to them dubbing the project “Wills on Wheels.” Over the three years Bats has been volunteering with MWLS he has prepared over 200 legal documents for 128 clients and counting. He does not have any plans to alter his trajectory and will continue his work into 2017.  

Attorney Bancroft "Bats" Wheeler with Supreme Judicial Court Justice Geraldine S. Hines 
Attorney Bats Wheeler


From left to right: Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants; Justice Hines; Attorney Roger J. Reid; Attorney Wheeler; Attorney Carolyn Goodwin, Director for Public Service and Pro Bono at the Boston University School of Law accepting the award on behalf of 2016 Boston University Law School graduate Alexandra Tucker; and Attorney Ann Milner.

From left to right: Executive Director Betsy Soulè; Advocacy Director Steve Matthews; Pro Bono Coordinator Cheryl Palmieri; Attorney Bats Wheeler; Staff Attorney Vera Ochea; and Development Director Sonia Shah.