November 10, 2015
On November 9, 2015, Weil was honored by The Legal Aid Society with a Pro Bono Publico Award for its work on the “Successful Capital Punishment Defense of Derrick Anthony DeBruce.” Every year, the Society recognizes “the outstanding work of volunteer lawyers, law firms, corporations, and other professionals” who support the Society and its pro bono efforts on behalf of low-income clients. This year the Society is highlighting several firms that have engaged in unique pro bono projects. In the DeBruce matter, a Weil team and Legal Aid Society attorneys succeeded in overturning the death sentence of an Alabama man who had been denied effective capital representation.
In addition, Weil attorneys Debra McElligott, Zahava Blumenthal, Bruce Rich, Carl Lobell, Gregory Silbert, Adam Banks, Kami Lizarraga, Elizabeth Weiswasser, Ben Farrow, and David J. Cohen were honored for their efforts on behalf of the Society and its clients.
The Honorable Jonathan Lippman, the Chief Judge of the State of New York, presided over the event, which was held at The Prince George Ballroom in Manhattan.
Founded in 1876, The Legal Aid Society handles 300,000 individual cases and matters annually, providing a comprehensive range of civil, criminal and juvenile rights services to needy clients who might otherwise be denied access to justice.