Six Society Attorney Emeritus Volunteers Honored For Exemplary Service to Low and Moderate Income New Yorkers
(from left) Joanne Seltzer, Vicki Holleman and Judith Aisen

The New York State Unified Court System, The New York State Bar Association, and The New York County Lawyers’ Association held their annual Pro Bono Awards Presentation on Thursday October 29 and presented six Legal Aid Society volunteers with awards for “outstanding contributions to pro bono and access to justice”.  All six of the honorees are part of the Society’s Attorney Emeritus Program which places volunteer attorneys who have either retired, or are transitioning from the full time practice of law, in positions to assist Legal Aid staff and clients. One of the original grantees of the Pro Bono Institute’s Second Acts® Program, the Society helped establish a national model for integrating transitioning and retired attorneys into roles as legal service volunteers and currently serves as a host organization for the Attorney Emeritus Program (AEP), established by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman in January of 2010.  The honorees are Judith Aisen and Vicki Holleman who volunteer on the Access to Benefits (A2B) Helpline in Manhattan, Edward Cripps who volunteers with the Consumer Law Unit in our Queens Neighborhood Office, Roger Hawke and Percival “Bob” Bailey who work with the Society’s Brooklyn Office For The Aging, and Joanne Seltzer who volunteered with the Employment Law Unit.  Award recipients were commended for demonstrating the highest values of the legal profession and a commitment to clients in need.


If you are interested in learning more about The Legal Aid Society’s Attorney Emeritus Program, please visit our website or email Emily Lundgren at