Jojo Annobil To Receive Louis Lefkowitz Public Service Award

Jojo Annobil, Attorney-in-Charge of the Immigration Law Unit, will receive the Louis J. Lefkowitz Public Service Award at the Fordham Law School Annual Public Interest Awards Dinner on Thursday, March 29. Jojo works tirelessly to ensure that poverty does not present a barrier to accessing the justice system, and everyday he applies that principle on his work to represent immigrants.

During almost 22 years at The Legal Aid Society, Jojo has worked to represent low-income clients in both the Criminal and Civil Practices. As an attorney in the Criminal Appeals Bureau, he worked with low-income clients in providing direct representation at the trial and appellate levels. In 2003, his intention to more directly serve immigrants and address the increased enforcement, detention and collateral consequences to criminal offenses, led him to The Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Law Unit as a Immigration Specialist. In 2006 he became and remains the Attorney-in-Charge of the City-wide Immigration Law Unit. The Unit provides low-income New Yorkers with immigration services ranging from deportation defense to adjustment of status to legal permanent residence and citizenship applications. In that role, he supervises individual case representation, policy advocacy and coordinates the Unit's collaboration with other legal services providers, community based organizations, pro bono attorneys and law students. He also serves as an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law where he co-teaches the Immigrant Defense Clinic. He also serves as Special Counsel to the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division First Department's disciplinary committee on immigration matters.