February 18, 2009


20 awards will be presented this year

ALBANY--The New York State Bar Association is seeking nominees for the 19th annual President's Pro Bono Service Awards. The prestigious awards are bestowed each year to recognize outstanding pro bono service and to convey a message to the legal profession and the general public about the importance of such service in helping to provide all New Yorkers with equal access to the justice system, regardless of income. The awards will be presented on Law Day on May 1st at the State Bar Center in Albany.

A total of 20 awards will be presented. The awards will go to attorneys who demonstrated outstanding pro bono services in 2008 in each of the state's 13 Judicial Districts, 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 State Bar 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 visiting, 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 Friday, March 20.

The 76,000-member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New York and the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Founded in 1876, State Bar programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.