In announcing the award-winning lawyers, Lynn Kelly, the Justice Center’s executive director, calls the nation’s current climate “a uniquely challenging era marked by profound division as well as historic levels of need.”
Justice Center has announced its 10 recipients of this year’s Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, in which the legal services group recognizes and celebrates the “outstanding” volunteer attorneys who have contributed to its core pro-bono lawyering projects.
In a news release announcing the awardees, Lynn Kelly, the Justice Center’s executive director, calls the nation’s current climate “a uniquely challenging era marked by profound division as well as historic levels of need.
City Bar Justice Center Announces Honorees of the 2020 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award
New York, October 12, 2020 – The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC), a pro bono legal services affiliate of the New York City Bar Association, has announced the winners of its 2020 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award. Honoring outstanding volunteer attorneys from each CBJC project, the awards will be presented at a virtual celebration on Monday, October 26, from 5:00-6:00pm.
This year’s awardees are:
- Andrew V. Alfano, Associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
- John A. Beranbaum, Partner at Beranbaum Menken LLP
- Patricia Fox, Deputy General Counsel, Reinsurance at American International Group, Inc.
- Jacqueline Haberfeld, Pro Bono Counsel at Kirkland & Ellis LLP
- Carrie V. Hardman, Partner at Winston & Strawn LLP
- Shaimaa Hussein, Partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
- Adam Lapayover, Managing Counsel and Director at BNY Mellon
- Tracy (Adamovich) McLaughlin, Associate at Schiff Hardin LLP
- Melissa S. Pettit, Associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
- Deborah A. Skakel, Partner at Blank Rome LLP
Sheila Boston, President of the New York City Bar Association, will deliver this year’s keynote address. David Levine, City Bar Fund Chair, will provide introductory remarks and present the awards with CBJC’s leadership team.
“This year’s Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award honors the life-changing impact our dedicated volunteers have had on the lives of our clients by providing them with critical legal assistance, particularly in times of crisis,” said Lynn M. Kelly, Executive Director of the City Bar Justice Center. “We inhabit a uniquely challenging era marked by profound division as well as historic levels of need. For that reason, our volunteers’ tremendous generosity, legal creativity, hard work and commitment to the highest level of service for those who cannot afford legal counsel are as valuable to our low-income clients as they are deeply inspiring to all of us committed to equal access to justice. Our 2020 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award honorees have our heartfelt gratitude for their exceptional dedication to pro bono work on behalf of clients from across our practice areas, and for demonstrating the true meaning of justice for all.”
About the City Bar Justice Center
The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC) increases access to justice by leveraging the resources of the New York City legal community. The CBJC operates the city’s largest civil legal hotline and annually provides direct legal representation, information and advocacy to over 20,000 poor and vulnerable New Yorkers in areas including immigration, veterans assistance, homelessness, trusts and estates, cancer advocacy, and elderlaw. www.citybarjusticecenter.org