Daniel Sussner, Skadden Extern at Harlem Office, Honored by New York State Bar Association

The New York State Bar Association honored Daniel M. Sussner, a fourth-year associate in the Litigation practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, for his more than 1200 hours of pro bono work in 2010. His recognition as one of the Association’s two outstanding individual members in 2010 was based primarily on his pro bono efforts during a six-month externship with The Legal Aid Society’s Harlem Community Law Office.  

Through the Society’s partnership with the Single Stop Program, funded by the Robin Hood Foundation, Daniel provided legal advice to over 150 New Yorkers on a wide variety of topics ranging from immigration to identity theft to unemployment and Social Security benefits. He represented clients with urgent housing issues, including non-payment of rent and holdover proceedings as well as termination of tenancy by the New York City Housing Authority.  

One case that stands out for him involved a non-payment of rent proceeding against a single mother of two children with disabilities.  Unbeknownst to the client, her Section 8 subsidy had been terminated for allegedly failing to recertify.  Daniel commenced an Article 78 proceeding on her behalf, seeking retroactive restoration of the subsidy on the basis that she did not receive adequate notice of termination.  NYCHA settled and the client's Section 8 subsidy was restored, allowing her family to avoid eviction.  Daniel’s success was supported by the outstanding efforts of supervising attorneys Karen Hambrick and Sheryl Karp.

Daniel states “it was a humbling experience to see how much time and energy the Legal Aid team devotes to others and to sharing in their enthusiasm for such important work. At a time when Legal Aid must turn away eight out of every nine people seeking legal assistance, it was a privilege to work closely with the talented lawyers and staff at the Harlem Community Law Office and learn from their formidable expertise and inspiring dedication. Their tireless work is essential to providing the adequate access to legal help that an ever-increasing number of low income New Yorkers have come to rely on.”