Members of the Legal Aid Staff Honored and 23 Directors Elected at The Legal Aid Society's 135th Annual Meeting
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2011

Five members of the Legal Aid staff were honored at The Legal Aid Society's 135th Annual Meeting on November 29 at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP with the 2011 Orison S. Marden Awards. They are Lorraine McEvilley, a Supervising Attorney in the Parole Revocation Defense Unit; Susan Bahn, a staff attorney in the Civil Practice's Brooklyn Neighborhood Office; Eva Gonzalez, Borough Administrator in the Bronx Criminal Office; Roseanne Tzitzouris, a social worker in the Brooklyn Office for the Aging; and Elizabeth Weiner, a social worker in the delinquency practice in the Bronx Juvenile Rights Office.

The Marden Awards recognize the excellence and dedication of the staff. They also honor the memory of Orison S. Marden, a leader of the Bar and a partner at White & Case LLP, who devoted more than 40 years of service to the Society as a director and as Chairman of the Board.

At the Annual Meeting, 51 members of the staff were recognized for their years of service. Celebrating their 40th anniversary are Stephen M. Bennett, Karen A. Faraguna, Eric W. Hildebrand, Wendy Remy, and Howard Turman. Alan S. Axelrod, John Boston, Dolores Britt, Edmund J. Byrnes, Richard M. Charney, Andrew H. Eibel, Gladys Flores, Eva Gonzalez, Michelle Florence Green, Jo-Ann Hassan, Dori A. Lewis, Irma A. Mason, Stanley H. Melnick, Lorin B. Nathan, Jesse Uhrman, and Mark Whalen are celebrating their 35th anniversary. Celebrating their 30th anniversary are George W. Albro, Steven Banks, Mattie L. Heath, Zoraida Lopez, John C. Needham, Michael Pineiro, Dawn C. Ryan, Jennifer M. Valentin, Jerry Washington, and Steven B. Wasserman. Sonia Antonetti, Valerie P. Bell-Bey, Evelyn J. Bovell, Katherine L. Bradley, Mitchell J. Briskey, Jeffrey I. Dellheim, Amy I. Donner, Martin R. Feinman, Elizabeth Sack Felber, Edna Fonfrias, Lester Helfman, Peggy O. Hickman, Lois J. Jackson, Stephanie Kaplan, Sharon D. Lowe, James M. McQueeney, Scott H. O’Gara, Ellen S. Sacks, Gloria Sanders, and Evelyn Santiago-Valdez are celebrating their 25th anniversary.

Twenty-three Directors were elected/re-elected to the Board of Directors and eleven persons were elected/re-elected to the Board of Advisers. Directors elected or re-elected to the Board of Directors include: Eugene F. Assaf, a Director of the Society and a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Francis P. Barron, a Director of the Society and the Chief Legal Officer, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley; Stuart J. Baskin a partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP; Nicholas M. Cannella,a senior partner at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto; Thomas M. Cerabino is co-chairman of Willkie, Farr & Gallagher LLP; Eric J. Friedman, the executive partner of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Willis J. Goldsmith, a Director and partner-in-charge of the New York office of Jones Day; Morton E. Grosz, a Director and a partner at Chadbourne & Parke LLP; Noah J. Hanft, a former Director of the Society and general counsel and corporate secretary at MasterCard International; John J. Kirby, Jr., a Director and a retired partner of Latham & Watkins LLP; William McGuinness, a Director and a partner at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP; Neil Merkl, a Director and a partner at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP; and Pamela Miller, a Director and a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP; Sara E. Moss, a former Director of the Society who is the executive vice president and general counsel at The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc; Richard A. Rothman, a former Director and a partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; Bradley I. Ruskin, a Director and a partner at Proskauer Rose LLP; Jonathan D. Schwartz, a Director and the managing director and general counsel of JPMorgan Investment Bank; Jane Sherburne, a Director and the senior executive vice president and general counsel at BNY Mellon; Paul F. Washington, a Director and a senior vice president, deputy general counsel and secretary of Time Warner Inc.; Douglas F. Curtis, a Vice Chairman and a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP; Daniel Kolb, a Vice Chairman and a partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; and Randy Mastro, a Vice Chairman and the co-partner-in-charge of the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

Directors who were elected/re-elected to the Board of Advisers include: Paul S. Bird, a former Director of the Society and a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; Richard W. Clary, a former Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; Bruce E. Fader, a former Director of the Society and a partner at Proskauer Rose LLP; Vincent R. FitzPatrick, Jr., a former Director of the Society and a partner at White & Case LLP; Michael B. Gerrard, a former Director of the Society and Senior Counsel at Arnold & Porter LLP; Herve Gouraige, a former Director of the Society and a partner at Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.; Patricia M. Hynes, a former Chairman of the Society and Senior Counsel at Allen & Overy LLP; Jerome C. Katz, a former Director of the Society and a partner at Ropes & Gray LLP; D. Stuart Meiklejohn, a former Legal Aid President and a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; Gary P. Naftalis, a former Director and a partner at Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel LLP; and Linda E. Rappaport, a former Director of the Society and a partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP.