Seymour James Serves As Keynote at NYCLA Awards Ceremony; Maria Navarro and Cynthia Pong Are Recognized

Seymour James, Attorney-in-Chief, was the keynote speaker at the New York County Lawyers' Association 2015 Public Service Awards and spoke about the work of the Prisoners' Rights Project and PRP efforts to reduce violence against inmates by the DOC staff.

Maria Navarro, Supervising Attorney in the Legal Aid Immigration Law Unit, was honored as one of the recipients of the public service awards. Cynthia Pong, a Staff Attorney in the Bronx office of the Criminal Practice, was the winner of the Public Fellowship Award presented by the Criminal Justice Section.

The New York County Lawyers' Association presented the 2015 Public Service Awards on September 17 . Awardees: third from left to right: Catherine Bowman-Director, HIV/LGBTQ Project, Legal Services NYC; Jennifer Brown-Attorney-in-Charge, Southern District of New York Trial Unit, Federal Defenders of New York, Inc.; Randal Jeffrey-Director, General Legal Services Unit, New York Legal Assistance Group; Bonnie Jonas-Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division, U.S Attorney's Office, SDNY; Melissa Mourges-Chief of the Forensic Sciences/Cold Case Unit, New York County District Attorney's Office; Maria Navarro-Supervising Attorney, Immigration Law Unit, The Legal Aid Society; and Criminal Justice Section's Public Service Fellowship Award winner Cynthia Pong- Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society, Bronx.Also attending was Carol Sigmond-NYCLA President, left; Catherine Christian Public Service Awards Committee Chair, second from left. Seymour James-Attorney-in-Chief, Legal Aid Society and the keynote speaker, Right. Geoffrey Bickford- Criminal Justice Section co-chair, second from right.