Legal Aid's Pro Bono Ceremony Honors 50 Firms And 332 Lawyers
Left to right: Steven Banks-Attorney-in-Chief of the Society; Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman; Eric Stone, a partner who accepted the award for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; Michele Hirshman, a partner and a Director of the Society; Richard Davis, Chairmanof the B oard ; Blaine (Fin) V. Fogg , President of the Society; and Louis Sartori, Director of the Pro Bono Program.

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman presented awards to 50 law firms and 332 lawyers for outstanding service during The Legal Aid Society's annual Pro Bono Awards ceremony on October 29th at the Prince George Ballroom. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP received the Pro Bono Publico and Public Service Law Firm Award.

Paul Weiss was honored for its exceptional pro bono commitment to The Legal Aid Society and our clients. Under the leadership of firm Chair Brad S. Karp, Partner and Legal Aid Society Board Member Michele Hirshman, and Pro Bono Counsel Rebecca Behr, the attorneys, legal assistants and administrative staff of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP have devoted an average of over ten thousand (10,000) hours per year to pro bono work on behalf of low-income New Yorkers for the past three years.

Dating back nearly a half century, Paul Weiss’s sustained commitment to The Legal Aid Society and our clients is as varied as it is large. During the past year, for example, Paul Weiss attorneys have partnered with the Society and NAACP Legal Defense Fund in a class action challenging unlawful arrest procedures of the New York City Police Department, provided workshops and advice for low-income micro-entrepreneurs, sought relief through the Americans with Disabilities Act for blind and visually impaired inmates.