Roxbury lawyer—and former Chamber of Commerce President—Marshall Gates was recently awarded by the Morris County Bar Association for his many years of offering free (pro bono) legal services.

In accepting the award, Gates said he is sometimes asked why he does so much pro bono work. “The answer is simple,” he told those attending the ceremony. “I am a child of the 1960s, when we tried to make the world better.”

He said his parents had a lot to do with instilling that sense of community obligation, noting they were “community activists.” Gates said he never really saw being a lawyer as being in business; it was more of a “privilege, being able to represent people with difficulties.”

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