Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman Will Present Awards At The Legal Aid Society's 2014 Pro Bono Publico Awards Ceremony

The Honorable Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York, will present pro bono awards at The Legal Aid Society's 2014 Pro Bono Publico Awards Ceremony which will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, between 5:30 pm and 7:30 p.m. at the Prince George Ballroom, 15 East 27th Street. The ceremony will highlight the work of five firms and one pro bono professional who have provided innovative and outstanding assistance to the Society.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, the recipient of the Pro Bono Publico and Public Service Law Firm Award, is honored for its exceptional pro bono commitment to The Legal Aid Society and our clients. Under the leadership of New York Pro Bono Committee Chair Roger Cooper, Legal Aid Society Board Member Victor Hou, Pro Bono Practice Director Jennifer Kroman and Pro Bono Coordinator Akilah Browne, the attorneys, legal assistants and administrative staff at Cleary have demonstrated a sustained commitment to meet the needs of the less fortunate in New York City. By making significant contributions of both time and talent, these dedicated professionals, working alongside Society staff, help ensure that no New Yorker be denied access to justice because of poverty.

The Public interest Law Leadership Award will be presented to Sharon Katz of Davis Polk & Wardwell, LLP. Four firms: Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP; Chadbourne & Parke LLP; Ropes & Gray LLP; and Stout Risius Ross, Inc. will be recognized for innovative pro bono assistance to The Legal Aid Society and its clients.

The awards recognize the outstanding contributions made by lawyers and law firms to the cause of equal access to justice for all New Yorkers. For 139 years, the major New York City law firms have served as partners with The Legal Aid Society in securing the fundamental legal rights of low-income New Yorkers in critical need of counsel but unable to afford it through pro bono service and by sustaining the work of the Civil Practice. The Legal Aid Society's 2014 Pro Bono Publico Awards epitomize the enduring strength of this partnership, delivering life-changing legal assistance to our City's most vulnerable residents.

This year we will honor 39 firms with our Pro Bono Publico Award for their sustained commitment to providing pro bono assistance to both the Society and its clients. We will also be recognizing 330 individuals, however, unlike in years past, we will not be announcing each individual by name from the podium, but will list them in the program, by firm.