New York Law Journal Honors 'Lawyers Who Lead by Example'

NEW YORK – September 12, 2012 – ALM's New York Law Journal announced its second annual Lawyers Who Lead by Example awards, honoring outstanding pro bono efforts to solve legal problems of the economically disadvantaged, in today’s issue and at newyorklawjournal.com.

Chosen from among 70 nominations submitted by colleagues in the legal community, the 14 honorees stand out for their commitment and their creativity in helping indigent New Yorkers navigate the legal system to receive much needed benefits, save their homes, escape domestic abuse, become U.S. citizens and more. The winners include a law firm, eight private attorneys, an in-house lawyer, three public interest attorneys, and a law school clinic.

“Our 2012 Lawyers Who Lead by Example stood out for their long-term, even lifetime commitment to their profession and their communities,” said Kris Fischer, editor in chief of the New York Law Journal. “They’ve tapped their training, business acumen, creativity and humanity to solve legal problems for those in need.”

The honorees are:

  • Shearman & Sterling, for its firmwide commitment to pro bono.
  • Valerie Bogart, Selfhelp Community Services, who works with the poorest elderly.
  • Sarah Cave, Hughes Hubbard & Reed, a securities and bankruptcy partner who developed pro bono immigration expertise.
  • Donald Curry, Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, an IP partner who convinced his IP colleagues they could handle pro bono matters like predatory lending, family law, veterans benefits and criminal appeals.
  • Jamie Dyce, Duane Morris, a trust and estates lawyer who represents girls victimized by sex traffickers.
  • Richard Greenberg, Office of the Appellate Defender, who created the first combined direct service re-entry program and indigent appellate practice.
  • Daniel Hurteau, Nixon Peabody, who developed a partnership with GE in-house lawyers to handle a broad range of pro bono matters.
  • Alla Kazakina, New York Legal Assistance Group, who works with immigrant victims of domestic abuse.
  • Barbara King, Tully Rinckey, who developed an innovative program offering low-cost legal services to those of modest means.
  • Jamie Levitt, Morrison & Foerster, who contributes hundreds of pro bono hours and sits on numerous public interest boards while heading the litigation department.
  • Toni Anne Nichels, Xerox, who has advised up to 60 nonprofits on employment matters for the past 11 years.
  • Todd Norbitz, Foley & Lardner, who created his office’s pro bono program and boosted participation from 400 hours to more than 3,000 over six years.
  • Angela Vicari, Kaye Scholer, who is leading a multi-year litigation on behalf of transient farm workers in New York.
  • Immigrant Rights Clinic, New York University School of Law, led by Nancy Morawetz and Alina Das, for its impact on immigration from individual clients to U.S. Supreme Court cases.

The Lawyers Who Lead by Example will be honored at an awards dinner at the St. Regis Hotel on Nov. 1 in New York.

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