Congratulations to our 2017 Empires State Counsel Outstanding Pro Bono Volunteers and Law Firm Honorees and 2017 Free Legal Answers Volunteer Attorney Award and Outstanding Firm Contribution Award.
Caroline Heller, Chair of the Global Pro Bono Program, Greenberg Traurig LLP
Ben Ostrer, Ostrer Associates, P.C.
Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Phillips Lytle LLP
Barclay Damon LLP
Nixon Peabody LLP
Phillip R. Hurwitz, Esq.
Barclay Damon LLP
Thank you to all who attended the Seventeenth Annual Justice for All Luncheon! Please see the program below.
Seventeenth Annual Justice for All Luncheon Program
Watch the Chief Judge's keynote address here.
History of the Empire State Counsel® Program [Revised 2017]
Launched in 2006 by then Association President Mark H. Alcott, the Empire State Counsel®
Program recognizes NYSBA members who, during the calendar year, performed 50 hours or more of pro bono legal services either through direct legal representation
of a low-income/vulnerable individual, or donating free legal services to an organization whose services are designed primarily to address the legal and other basic needs of persons of limited financial means, or providing free legal services to an organization
dedicated to increasing the availability of legal services to vulnerable and/or low-income populations.
The contributions of Empire State Counsel® Honorees and their law firms are recognized during the Association’s Annual Meeting at the Justice for All Luncheon. Annual Meeting takes place during late January. Several law firms and two attorneys
will receive awards for the extraordinary nature of their pro bono contributions.
Empire State Counsel®
honorees receive a certificate suitable for framing and may use this honorific designation as a credential on their resume. The names of the individual honorees and their employers are published in a variety of Association
Individual attorneys must complete a verification form attesting
to the number of pro bono hours performed during the calendar year. Your name should be printed exactly as it is to appear on the certificate. Law firm pro bono counsel/coordinators must submit a single list of firm attorneys who are active NYSBA members
in excel format, indicating the pro bono hours contributed by each attorney together with a single verification form, attesting to the accuracy of the pro bono information provided. Completed forms or lists should be submitted via email to
View pics from the 2016 Empire State Counsel Program here.
How to Apply and FAQ:
- In order to qualify as a Law Firm Honoree, a firm must submit its list of attorney hours by December 8, 2017.
- Nominations for the Outstanding Pro Bono Volunteer Honorees must be submitted by December 8, 2017.
- To be included in the 2017 Empire State Counsel® Program, your verification form must be received on or before February 28, 2018.
Previous Empire State Counsel® Honorees
To view past Empire State Counsel® Honorees click