Legal Aid Participates In ING New York City Marathon
Aaron Marks and NLP C0-Chair Svetlana Eisenberg before a marathon training run in Central Park'

For the first time, The Legal Aid Society is fielding a team of runners to raise funds to support the work of the Society’s Civil Practice. “At a time when the need for our civil legal aid is increasing exponentially in these continuing hard economic times, this initiative is part of our ongoing efforts to seek support to bridge the access-to-justice gap in New York City,” said Steven Banks, the Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society.

The Society is the oldest and largest not-for-profit legal services program in the United States, and has an annual caseload of over 300,000 individual legal matters for low-income New Yorkers in all five boroughs who have civil, criminal or juvenile rights problems, in addition to systemic law reform representation that benefits all two million low-income children and adults in New York City.

The Legal Aid Society's team of runners includes:

Aaron Marks, a partner at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP and a member of the Society's Board of Directors; Patricia Lavelle, a staff attorney in The Legal Aid Society's Immigration Law Unit; Sharyn O'Halloran, a long-time supporter of The Legal Aid Society who teaches at Columbia University; and Lily Alvarado who represents the real estate community.