October 08, 2014
Weil Pro Bono Counsel Miriam Buhl received the Feerick Center For Social Justice and Dispute Resolution’s “Spirit of Service” award at a ceremony on October 6. The award was created by the center to recognize those who “demonstrate through volunteer or professional engagement, a desire to work to eliminate poverty and promote the goals of social justice.” (Read more about the awards and benefit program here.)
As Weil’s pro bono counsel, Ms. Buhl has coordinated the Firm’s pro bono program for almost a decade. Weil’s commitment to pro bono work has grown immensely under her supervision. In 2013, Weil attorneys performed more than 80,000 hours of pro bono work on a wide range of issues including human rights, economic development, corporate governance, political asylum and environmental protection; during the past decade, Weil has affected thousands of lives through more than 800,000 hours of pro bono work.
Prior to joining Weil in 2005, Ms. Buhl was state director for the Greater New York Chapter of the March of Dimes, one of the largest nonprofits in the United States. From 1999 to 2004, she was executive director of The New York Women's Foundation. From 1997 to 1999, Ms. Buhl was founding director of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York's Public Service Network, a program to link volunteer attorneys with public service organizations. She also served as executive director of the fair housing agency Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc. from 1993 to 1997 and was staff attorney for The Legal Aid Society’s Civil Division, Brooklyn Neighborhood Office.
Established by Fordham University in 2006, the Feerick Center works with students, alumni, lawyers, and community volunteers to connect low-income New Yorkers to the legal resources they need and cannot afford. The Center trains law students and others to engage in social change efforts. Through its work, the Center seeks to frame concrete, achievable solutions to discrete problems of urban poverty.