New Leadership Program

Who We Are

Officially launched in January 2013, The New Leadership Program is a giving program leveraging fundraising, pro bono services and networking to help the Society’s Civil Practice fill the access to justice gap in New York City.

The NLP seeks young professionals interested in philanthropy on the rise in their respective industry. It builds on and incorporates The Legal Aid Society’s long-standing annual Associates Campaign through which law firm Associates generously contribute to support the Society’s civil legal assistance for low-income families and individuals. We have expanded the Campaign to corporations, financial institutions, and other businesses with which New Leaders are affiliated.

As members of the Program, New Leaders help the Society through annual fundraising, by acting as ambassadors for the mission of the Society, and by participating in various community service and pro bono projects. Innovative events, peer and senior leadership networking, and a high-profile panel series offer members of the Program a combination of entertaining, exciting, and professionally rewarding opportunities to connect with the Society.

Meet Our Board

We are grateful to the following special individuals who we are proud to call Founding Board Members of the New Leadership Program. Thanks to their hard work and commitment to carrying on the legacy of public service and philanthropy, we are confident in the next generation’s support of and advocacy for The Legal Aid Society and the New Leadership Program:

List in Formation

Sanjay Benegal
Citizens Financial Group

Timothy Birnbaum
Brewer Attorneys & Counselors

Benjamin Bleiberg
Norton Rose Fulbright

Lara Samet Buchwald
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Joshua Ebersole
Shearman & Sterling LLP

Natasha Fapohunda

Melissa Francis
Gerard Fox Law, P.C.

Terry Hagerty
Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Crystal Ho
Morgan Stanley

Josh Kalish
Odell Girton Siegel, LLC

Michael Kleinman
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Jaime Lavin
Bloomberg Associates

Hugh McKee
Greensill Capital

David McTaggart
Duane Morris LLP

Aaron Miner
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Omar Mirza
ILS Investment Management

Matthew Moses
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Zellnor Myrie
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Caroline Pignatelli
Cooley LLP

Katherine Rocco
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Alyssa Rower
Rower LLC

S. Christopher Szczerban
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Conray Tseng
Latham & Watkins LLP

Julie Turner
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Elizabeth Virga
Regulatory Agency

Joanna Zdanys
US District Court, Eastern District of New York

Associates’ Campaign

The Legal Aid Society’s Associates’ Campaign raises awareness and vital funds for the Society’s Civil Practice which depends on private funding to provide legal assistance to the most vulnerable New Yorkers. In fact, individual gifts raised through this campaign account for nearly one-third of all individual contributions raised for our Civil Practice each year.

Through campaign presentations and firm hosted campaign events and fundraisers, employees of participating law firms can learn more about the work of the Society, volunteer and pro bono opportunities and make a difference in the life of a Legal Aid client.

If you are interested in starting a campaign at your firm or business, email Matthew Hanifin, Deputy Director of Development at The Legal Aid Society at

2018 Winter Benefit

The annual Winter Benefit is the largest fundraising event of the NLP’s calendar year. Event proceeds from the Benefit support the Society’s Civil Practice and its critical work providing free legal services and tools to more than 124,500 low income children and adults annually. Tickets purchased help struggling New Yorkers break free from poverty and rebuild their lives.

The 2018 Winter Benefit will take place on January 11th, 2018 at the Flatiron Room with musical guest Tracy Bonham performing.


Get Involved!

Resume Workshops

Volunteers offer free resume counseling and tips to help Legal Aid clients regain employment. Volunteers are able to make a difference by working one-on-one with clients to improve resumes, navigate online search tools, hone interview skills and much more.

A2B Hotline

In collaboration with Pro Bono, the NLP offers volunteer opportunities via the A2B Hotline in which volunteers can sign up on a shift-basis throughout the year to assist with calls in matters related to employment/ unemployment insurance, public health insurance, including Medicaid, public assistance, including food stamps, and education law/ special education.

Issue-Oriented Events

The New Leadership Program is planning some events for the coming year that will highlight current events and issues that have the potential to have serious impact and implications for the work of the Society and our client community.

These panel discussions, workshops and CLE trainings will be offered to young professionals across corporate and legal fields as well as to young professionals at area law schools and their networks.


For more information on the above opportunities, email Matthew Hanifin, Deputy Director of Development at The Legal Aid Society, at

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