Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and 10 attorneys were recognized by the New York
State Bar Association at a ceremony on Nov. 17 for their contributions to
President David P. Miranda thanked Lippman, who will retire at the end of the
year, for his service to the state of New York. Lippman was appointed chief
judge in 2009.
Lippman has served as a dedicated leader and tireless advocate for our state’s
justice system,” Miranda said. “It has been our deep privilege at the State Bar
to partner with Judge Lippman to shed a light on this important concern for all
Justice Awards were presented to
attorneys from the Capital Region, Syracuse and Washington, D.C. in conjunction
with National Pro Bono Week, October 25–31.
honorees are exemplary role models who demonstrate the highest values of our
profession and how attorneys can make a difference in the lives of New Yorkers
in need of legal services,” said State Bar President David P. Miranda. “Their
contributions show how pro bono service is good for our community, our
profession and our bar association.”
Blau of Delmar
practiced law for 40 years in the public and private sectors. He volunteers his
services to the Legal Aid Society of New York (LASNNY), representing clients
with tax and unemployment insurance benefits matters.
Albany is the managing and principal attorney at the Law Office of Carl W.
Hasselbarth. He is a volunteer for LASNNY and assists clients with housing,
bankruptcy and tax matters, often going beyond the scope of what he signed on
to assist with.
a solo practitioner at Gilmartin Law Firm, focuses on business law in Saratoga
Springs. Through the Legal Project, she assists victims of domestic violence
and helps ensure their access to justice.
Larson of Syracuse
is an assistant attorney general for the state of New York. Although family law
is not her practice area, Larson, through the Volunteer Lawyers Project of
Onondaga County, volunteers for the Family Court Clinic and the Rescue Mission,
helping families in need.
Lowengard is an
associate at Macht, Brenizer & Gingold in Syracuse.
She volunteers her legal services to families through Vera House (a domestic
violence program), the Rescue Mission, East Syracuse Library and Westcott
Community Center Talk to a Lawyer programs.
P. Mascali of
Albany is an attorney with the Center for Special Needs Trust Administration
and also practices with the firm of Pierro, Schaeffer & Connor. He assists
with pro bono events at Albany Law School, where he plans programs, enlists
volunteer attorneys and provides consultations.
J. O’Connor of
Albany is a partner with O’Connor, O’Connor, Bresee & First. He volunteers
for the Legal Project’s bankruptcy pro bono panel and assists clients at
numerous bankruptcy clinics.
Syracuse is an associate at Costello, Cooney & Fearon, where she
specializes in criminal litigation. She represents clients on family law
matters through the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County.
D. Violando of
Albany is a partner at Sullivan Keenan Oliver & Violando. He assists
members of upstate New York’s LGBT community in both trial and appellate
matters ranging from criminal defense to adoption and also counsels clients in
Washington, D.C. is an associate at Covington & Burling. Formerly of New
York City, Watson continues to work on a case for the Prisoners’ Legal Services
of New York he began in 2014. He traveled to New York for oral arguments in
American Bar Association established National Pro Bono Week in 2009 to support
local efforts to expand the delivery of pro bono legal services, recognize the
significant efforts of pro bono attorneys and showcase the tremendous
difference that pro bono lawyers make to our system of justice, our communities
and, most of all, to the clients they serve.
discussed the Association’s access to justice initiatives at the November 7
meeting of the House of Delegates. Excerpts of his remarks can be viewed www//youtube/8rmkMsz_E_8
of award recipients are available upon request by contacting Christina Couto at
email@example.com or 518-487-5535.
74,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar
association in the nation.
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