Seymour James, Richard Davis Honored by New York Law Journal

Seymour James Jr., The Legal Aid Society’s Attorney-In-Chief, and Richard Davis, the Society’s Chairman, were recognized by the New York Law Journal last month for their decades of distinguished commitment to advocacy for low-income New Yorkers and public service.

Mr. James, a member of Legal Aid for more than 40 years, received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. James has been the Society’s Attorney-In-Chief since 2014 and previously led the Criminal Practice for nine years. Mr. James has also been deeply involved in various commissions and bar groups. Among his leadership roles, Mr. James served as President of the New York State Bar Association from 2012 to 2013 and the Queens County Bar Association from 2001 to 2002. Mr. James has also taught at CUNY Law School and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Intensive Trial Advocacy Program.

Mr. Davis received a Public Service Award for his long record of service to Legal Aid and other organizations and agencies. He has chaired Legal Aid’s board since 2011 and was a major architect of the organization’s 2004-2005 restructuring plan. Mr. Davis’ resume includes chairing Citizens Union and the New York City Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Council. He is a former federal prosecutor who, at one point, served in the Watergate special prosecutor’s office. Mr. Davis was a partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP for 30 years before opening his own firm four years ago.

Mr. James and Mr. Davis were featured in a New York Law Journal special section and accepted their awards at a September 20 ceremony.