History of the Empire State Counsel® Program
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
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. Law firm plaques recognize those firms
which enrolled the largest number of Empire State Counsel® during
the previous calendar year. In addition,
two attorneys will receive a plaque based on the extraordinary nature of the pro bono contribution.
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 publications. Since the recognition program was
launched, more than 7,017 NYSBA members have earned this prestigious
credential, collectively donating close to 1.3 million pro bono hours.
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 are encouraged to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Apply and FAQ:
- To be announced for 2016.
Previous Empire State Counsel® Honorees
To view past Empire State Counsel® Honorees click HERE