November 09, 2012
Global law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges and attorneys from its New York office have been honored by The Legal Aid Society for pro bono service performed during 2012. More than 35 attorneys are among the recipients of The Legal Aid Society’s 2012 Pro Bono Publico Awards for “delivering life-changing legal assistance to our City’s most vulnerable residents.” In addition, Weil is receiving a special award for innovative pro bono service – the “Innovative Pro Bono Initiative Award” for outstanding service to The Legal Aid Society and its clients, which is awarded a law firm that establishes a pro bono project or specialty that uniquely meets the critical legal needs of low-income New Yorkers. The Honorable Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York, will present the awards at a reception on November 19, 2012 in New York City.
The following attorneys will receive The Legal Aid Society’s 2012 Pro Bono Publico Awards: Melody E. Akhavan, Nelly Almeida, Ijeoma Anusionwu, Candace Arthur, Adam B. Banks, Ronit J. Berkovich, Jon-Paul A. Bernard, Zahava J. Blumenthal, Jordan Bryk, Blaire Cahn, Konrad L. Cailteux, Paul A. Ferrillo, George C. Gardner, Marcia L. Goldstein, Stacey A. Harkey, Kira F. Idoko, Isabella C. Lacayo, Robert Levine, Kami M. Lizarraga, Carl D. Lobell, Gabriel A. Morgan, Jesse L. Morris, Kyle J. Ortiz, Arielle R. Pankowski, Alfredo R. Perez, Emily L. Pincow, Joshua L. Ray, R. Bruce Rich, Gregory Silbert, Lisa Sokolowski, Meaghan Thomas-Kennedy, Conray C. Tseng, Joseph T. Verdesca, Elizabeth S. Weiswasser, Brian M. Wells, Valerie Wicks, and Abigail L. Zigman. Paralegals Elizabeth McConville and Ines Spinnato also received the award.
Weil has a firmwide commitment to providing pro bono service to the communities in which it resides. The New York office has partnered with The Legal Aid Society for many years to offer legal services on a diverse range of matters, including saving homes, representing death row inmates, safeguarding prisoners’ rights, representing families at risk of homelessness in class actions, and advising small businesses.