ALBANY – Young children living in Manhattan’s housing projects who suffer from asthma, immigrants seeking asylum and single mothers trying to navigate the complex landscape of personal bankruptcy are all benefiting from the legal assistance of some of the state’s best lawyers working pro bono to make life fairer and better for low-income and disadvantaged New Yorkers. The New York State Bar Association will honor some of the outstanding volunteer lawyers with its 2006 President’s Pro Bono Service Awards.
The Association will present the awards on May 1 at the State Bar Center in Albany. This year’s awards honor attorneys representing 10 of New York’s 12 judicial districts, a young lawyer (practicing law for less than 10 years or under the age of 36), an in-house counsel, a large law firm and a law school group.
“The lawyers of New York State have a long tradition of generous pro bono service, and the attorneys and law students we honor each year with our President’s Pro Bono Service awards represent the very best in that tradition. Because of them, many low-income and disadvantaged New Yorkers received the legal assistance they needed to achieve justice,” said President A. Vincent Buzard of Rochester (Harris Beach PLLC). “We applaud our winners for their extraordinary pro bono service, and encourage all attorneys to do the public good by volunteering to give help where it is most urgently needed.”
The winners are:
John M. Aerni and Mark A. Beckman (1st Judicial District: Manhattan)
Richard Croak and Scott N. Fein (3rd Judicial District: Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster counties)
Hon. James E. Doern (4th Judicial District: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, Washington counties)
Anne B. Ruffer (5th Judicial District: Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego counties)