Legal Aid Honors Dedication and Skill of its Pro Bono Partners; Chief Judge Janet DiFiore Presents the Awards

The Honorable Janet DiFiore, Chief Judge of the State of New York, will address The Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Award Ceremony tonight at the Prince George Ballroom and will present awards to New York City’s foremost law firms and corporate law departments which have generously volunteered their time and talent to advocate for equal justice for the marginalized and under-represented.

Legal Aid is honoring the dedication and skill of its pro bono partners. Their work spans all three practices and assists clients with a variety of issues.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP will be recognized with the 2016 Honorable Jonathan Lippman New York Pro Bono & Public Service Law Firm Award for its distinguished pro bono commitment to the Society and our clients. Led by Firm Chair and Legal Aid Board Member Thomas M. Cerabino, Partner and Pro Bono Committee Chair Michael S. Schachter, Director of Attorney Training & Pro Bono Stacey E. Paradise, and Partner Mary Eaton, Willkie Farr’s attorneys, legal assistants and administrative staff have shown a sustained commitment to representing less fortunate New Yorkers. Recent examples of the firm’s outstanding work include litigation to preserve the rights of clients in the criminal justice system and a fight for transgender Medicaid recipients. New York State, in response to the Medicaid litigation, unveiled proposed regulations, which would remove bars to gender-affirming healthcare coverage for Medicaid recipients under age 18 and repeal provisions that improperly designate certain medically necessary procedures as “cosmetic.”

Awards will be presented to the following firms for Extraordinary Pro Bono Assistance to The Legal Aid Society and its Clients.

Protecting The Rights of Low Income Clients

  • Arnold & Porter LLP; Crowell & Moring LLP; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP; and Kaye Scholer LLP

Innovative Corporate Pro Bono Projects & Partnerships:

  • AIG and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; BNY Mellon; BNP Paribas and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; Credit Suisse and Shearman & Sterling LLP; IBM and Goodwin Procter LLP; JPMorgan Chase and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; and MetLife

Preserving Affordable Housing & The Right to Shelter:

  • Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP; White & Case LLP; and Mayer Brown LLP

Ensuring Access to Affordable Health Care for All New Yorkers:

  • Winston & Strawn LLP

Outstanding Advocacy in Championing the Rights of the Accused:

  • Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP; Proskauer Rose LLP; and White & Case LLP

Public Interest Law Leadership Award

  • Brenna DeVaney, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

    Brenna DeVaney, Pro Bono Counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, is being recognized for her extraordinary contributions as a volunteer attorney, as a leader of Skadden’s outstanding pro bono program and for her constant support to The Legal Aid Society and its clients.

Exceptional Pro Bono Assistance to the Leadership of The Legal Aid Society

  • Jane Hanson, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

    Jane Hanson, of Counsel to Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, is being recognized for her tireless and dedicated work alongside Legal Aid’s President, Attorney-In-Chief, General Counsel, Chief Human Resources Officer and the Attorneys-in-Charge of the Criminal Defense, Civil and Juvenile Rights Practices.

Outstanding Law Firm Assistance To The Legal Aid Society and its Clients

  • Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
  • Chadbourne & Parke LLP
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
  • Cooley LLP
  • Covington & Burling LLP
  • Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • Dechert LLP
  • DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto
  • Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
  • Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Jones Day
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
  • Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Sidley Austin LLP
  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Susman Godfrey LLP
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP