Skadden Receives Top Law Firm Award At Legal Aid's Pro Bono Awards Ceremony; Chief Judge Lippman Presents Awards To 331 Attorneys For Outstanding Service
Congratulating Robert Sheehan on the Skadden firm's pro bono award are (from left): Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society; Richard Davis, Chair; Mr. Sheehan; Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman; and Blaine (Fin) Fogg, President of the Society and of Counsel at Skadden.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates received the 2012 Pro Bono Publico and Public Service Law Firm Award from The Legal Aid Society during the organization's 2012 Pro Bono Awards Ceremony yesterday at the Liberty Theatre in Times Square. Robert Sheehan of Counsel at Skadden, who heads the firm's pro bono program, accepted the award for the firm.

The Honorable Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York, presented awards to 43 law firms and 331 lawyers for outstanding pro bono service. For more than 135 years, the major New York City law firms have served as partners with The Legal Aid Society in securing the fundamental legal rights of low-income New Yorkers in critical need of counsel but unable to afford it through pro bono service and by sustaining the work of the Civil Practice by contributing $600 per lawyer in the firm's New York office. The Legal Aid Society's 2012 Pro Bono Publico Awards epitomize the enduring strength of this partnership, delivering life-changing legal assistance to our City's most vulnerable residents — for example, survivors of domestic violence, homeless and imminently homeless children and adults, immigrants, senior citizens, unemployed and low-wage workers, children and adults with disabilities and chronically ill children and adults, neglected or abused children, persons living with HIV/AIDS, New Yorkers wrongfully accused of crimes, and inmates in the jails on Riker's Island and prisoners in correctional facilities throughout the State of New York.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates was honored for its exceptional pro bono commitment to The Legal Aid Society and the Society's clients. The firm is an exemplary pro bono partner, sustaining a litigation externship with the Harlem Community Law Office, dedicating substantial resources to low-income taxpayers, and initiating an uncontested publication matrimonial practice with the Bronx Neighborhood office. For more than 16 years, the firm’s associates have provided counsel to hundreds of low-income New Yorkers facing eviction from public housing or being denied Social Security Disability Benefits. The firm has also supported The Legal Aid Society through the leadership of Blaine V. (Fin) Fogg, the Society’s President.