Contact: Brandon Vogel
Media Writer, Department of Media Services & Public Affairs

February 27, 2008


Nineteen awards will be presented this year; new award will honor senior attorneys

ALBANY- The New York State Bar Association is seeking nominees for the 18th annual President's Pro Bono Service Awards. The prestigious awards are bestowed each year upon attorneys who best illustrate the legal profession's commitment to provide all New Yorkers with equal access to the justice system through pro bono services. This year marks the addition of a new Senior Pro Bono Service Award honoring senior attorneys, aged sixty-five and older. Winners will be announced at the Bar Association's annual Law Day awards luncheon on May 1st in Albany.

A total of 19 awards will be presented. They will go to one attorney in each of the state's 12 Judicial Districts who demonstrated outstanding pro bono services in 2007, to a young attorney who has practiced for less than 10 years or is under the age of 36, to an attorney who provided outstanding pro bono service while serving as in-house counsel or a government attorney, and to a senior attorney. Four additional awards will be issued to one large firm, one mid-size or small firm, one law student and a law school group.

Winners will be selected by a committee comprised of the chairs of the President's Committee on Access to Justice, the Committee on Legal Aid, the Pro Bono Coordinators Network and the Director of the Association's Department of Pro Bono Affairs. Nominees will be judged on the number of pro bono clients served, quantity of hours, impact of services for clients and impact on the pro bono program.

Additional information about the awards and a nomination form can be obtained by e-mailing, or by writing to Pro Bono Affairs, New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street , Albany , NY 12207, or by calling 518-487-5641. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, March 19.

The 74,000-member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New Yorkand the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Founded in 1876, NYSBA programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.