The Legal Aid Society’s 2010 Pro Bono Awards, in recognition of the outstanding contributions made by law firms and individual lawyers to the cause of equal access to justice for all New Yorkers. will be presented by the Honorable Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York, on Thursday, November 4, at a special ceremony at Espace.
The Legal Aid Society’s 2010 Pro Bono Publico Awards symbolize the outstanding commitment of major New York City law firms to provide access to justice to low-income children, families and individuals. For more than134 years, these law firms have provided pro bono representation and have supported the work of the Civil Practice as Sustaining Law Firms in delivering life-changing legal assistance to the most vulnerable New Yorkers, including senior citizens, children and adults with disabilities, survivors of domestic violence, immigrants, low-wage workers, persons living with AIDS/HIV, homeless and imminently homeless children and adults Yorkers, inmates in the jails on Rikers Island and prisoners in correctional facilities throughout the State of New York.
Cooley LLP, under the leadership of Alan Levine, Partner in Charge of the New York office and Chair of the Society's Board of Directors, is honored with the 2010 Pro Bono Publico and Public Service Law Firm Award for its exceptional pro bono commitment to The Legal Aid Society and its clients. The firm is an exemplary pro bono partner, providing legal assistance to clients throughout the Society’s three Practices: Civil, Criminal, and Juvenile Rights. The firm has served as co-counsel on major litigation impacting clients including class action reform to end the shackling of children in Family Court. Cooley was the first firm to “Adopt-a-Building” to ensure that low-income tenants live in habitable apartments and maintain crucial rent subsidies. The firm expanded its traditional pro bono immigration practice to include preparation and filing of tax returns for immigrants seeking to remain in the United States, as well as dedicating substantial attorney hours to the representation of adults accused of criminal behavior.