The Sylvia Rivera Law Project honored The Legal Aid Society and the law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP with its Attorneys and Advocates Award
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 02, 2014
Pictured: (LAS: Rebecca Novick, Judith Goldiner, Belkys Garcia, Kim Forte; Willkie Farr: Mary Eaton, Partner and Megan Hogan, former Associate; Not pictured but also honored: Sumani Lanka from Civil's Law Reform Unit)

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) honored The Legal Aid Society and the law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP with its Attorneys and Advocates Award. Legal Aid and Willkie served as co-counsel in Cruz v Zucker, 14 Civ. 4456 (JSR), challenging the constitutionality of Medicaid regulation 18 N.Y.C.R.R. § 505.2(1) which bars any payment for medically necessary transition related healthcare for transgender Medicaid recipients. The federal case is pending in the Southern District of New York. 

Legal Aid units receiving the award included the Health Law Unit, the Civil Law Reform Unit and the LGBT Law and Policy Initiative.