Contact: Jon Sullivan
November 28, 2007
NYSBA EXPANDS EMPIRE STATE COUNSEL PROGRAM
New York State Bar Association President Kathryn Grant Madigan (Levene Gouldin & Thompson LLP) today announced the expansion of the successful Empire State Counsel program, honoring attorneys who volunteer their services to people who cannot afford legal representation.
Following the remarkable success of the initial Empire State Counsel Program, which recognizes lawyers who provide free legal services to individuals, President Madigan said the Association will expand the program to include lawyers who donate free legal services to not for profit, governmental or public service organizations - provided the organization’s services are designed primarily to address the legal and other basic needs of persons of limited financial means.
“We introduced the Empire State Counsel program
last year and I am proud to say it has been a resounding success and
truly demonstrates how
Created by Immediate Past President Mark H. Alcott
(Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP) in 2006, more than
460 attorneys accepted the challenge to donate at least 50 hours of pro
bono services to the poor - qualifying them for the honorable
distinction of Empire State Counsel. More than 23,000 pro bono service
hours were provided by honorees, each of whom receives the honorific
title "Empire State Counsel", which can be used as a credential.
Participating lawyers are recognized by the Bar Association in a variety
of ways, including mention on the Association’s website, and in
press releases. They are also feted at the Association’s "Justice
for All" luncheon during the Association’s Annual Meeting week
Despite considerable pro bono representation provided
The 2007 Empire State Counsel honorees will be
recognized at the Association’s annual meeting
The 72,000-member New York State Bar Association,
founded in 1876, is the official statewide organization of lawyers