The Senior Lawyers
Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) will recognize Ronald
C. Mayer, Esq., of New York and Shirani B. Ponnambalam, Esq. of Bedford
with the Jonathan Lippman Pro Bono Award on January 17 at the NYSBA Annual
This award is presented
to members of NYSBA age 55 or older who have provided outstanding pro bono
legal service to low income New Yorkers in need or to a New York organization
serving the legal needs of low-income New Yorkers.
Mayer has been a
voluntary attorney with the New York Legal Assistance Group since 2006. His
work with the Evelyn Frank Legal Services Program provides pro bono elder law
advice on a variety of matters, including Medicaid and Medicare. His dedication
to pro bono work began after a 32-year career as a banking attorney with the
Federal Reserve Bank of New York and JPMorgan Chase.
Ponnambalam is a
volunteer attorney with the Pace Women’s Justice Center, where she helps individuals
navigate the legal system and provides direct representation to clients with
issues relating to family offenses, divorce, custody, and support. Her career
began in academia at the University of Sri Lanka, where she also earned a law
degree. She began working in private practice in New York in 1988, focusing on family
law and divorce mediation.
NYSBA’s Young Lawyers
Section will recognize Preetha Chakrabarti, Esq. of New York (Crowell
& Moring LLP) with the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, which is given to an
attorney who has actively practiced less than 10 years and has a distinguished
record of commitment to the finest tradition of the bar through public service
and professional activities.
Chakrabarti is a member
of her firm’s intellectual property group, which deals with litigation,
counseling, and prosecution, as well as the environment and natural resources group,
which assists clients with regulatory issues arising under various federal and
state environmental laws.
Honoring attorneys who
render extraordinary service to the public and the profession is part of
NYSBA’s Annual Meeting, which each January attracts thousands of lawyers from
around the state, the nation and the world. They come to meet and connect with
their colleagues, and to learn from the experts in many areas of the law.
NYSBA’s 142nd Annual
Meeting January 14-18 explores current issues in the law with a presidential
summit on January 16 that looks at the #MeToo movement, wrongful prosecutions
and whistleblower laws. Speakers at other programs during the week include
former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara; New
York State Solicitor General Barbara Underwood, who recently served as the
state’s first female Attorney General; Internal Revenue Service Commissioner
Charles Rettig; Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.; State Assembly Health
Committee Chair Richard Gottfried; and Court of Appeals Chief Judge Janet
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Contact: Brendan Kennedy