Evan A. Davis Receives Servant of Justice Award from Legal Aid
TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2008
Evan A. Davis receives the Servant of Justice Award from former Governor Mario M. Cuomo.

More than 650 members of New York's legal community, corporate leaders and government officials joined in the tribute to Evan A. Davis, a partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, who served as counsel to former Governor Mario M. Cuomo, as he received The Legal Aid Society's Servant of Justice Award. Former Governor Mario M. Cuomo presented the award to Mr. Davis during the 31st Annual Servant of Justice Award Dinner at the Waldorf.

The event raised $1.1 million to benefit the Society's Civil Practice which annually handles more than 32,000 client matters for the most vulnerable New Yorkers, including senior citizens, disabled children and adults, survivors of domestic violence, immigrants, low-wage workers, persons living with HIV/AIDS, and homeless and imminently homeless children and adults.

Joining in the tribute to Mr. Davis were Alan Levine, Chairman of the Board of Directors; Theodore A. Levine, President; and Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief.

Mr. Davis was honored for his enduring commitment to social justice and people living in poverty. He served on the Society's Board of Directors with great distinction both as an officer and a director. He joined the Board in 1979 and became a Vice President in 1983. Evan left the Board in September 1985 to become counsel to Governor Mario M. Cuomo. When he rejoined the firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP in 1991, he returned to the Legal Aid Board and served until 1999.

During his service on the Board, his extraordinary energy, wise counsel and diplomatic skills were invaluable. He unselfishly shared his legal talents with the Society's management and staff, providing training and encouraging others to do the same. He represented the Society on several occasions on a pro bono basis. He was always available, despite an incredible tasking schedule, to offer leadership and support for programs that would expand and improve the delivery of legal services to the poor.

Peter Sagal, host of NPR's Wait Wait. . . Don't Tell Me!, served as the master of ceremonies. Lewis and Lisa Liman served as co-chairs of the event.

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