Awards & Recognition

Weil’s Steven Reiss Receives NYLPI’s Law & Society Award

— New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

Weil Litigation partner and Pro Bono co-chair Steven Alan Reiss was honored by New York Lawyers for the Public Interest at the group’s annual Law & Society Award Luncheon on February 14, 2013. Jane Sherburne, general counsel of BNY Mellon, was also honored at the event.

Mr. Reiss was recognized for his outstanding leadership in the pro bono arena. He is one of the architects of Weil’s exemplary pro bono program, which expects all firm lawyers to perform 50 hours of pro bono work each year, and expects every partner to work on a pro bono matter every year. In addition, Mr. Reiss is an active board member of the Brennan Center, Oxfam America, Volunteers of Legal Services, and the Innocence Project, and has served as pro bono counsel on death penalty, voting rights, criminal justice, and First Amendment matters.

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) is a leading New York-focused civil rights organization dedicated to advancing equality and civil rights, with a focus on health justice, disability rights, and environmental justice, through the power of community lawyering and partnerships with the private bar. Weil has had a long and productive relationship with NYLPI, partnering on a wide range of cases and serving on NYLPI’s Board of Directors. Weil Litigation Department head David Lender is currently a member of the board; partners Mindy Spector and Rich Rothman have also served as members; and retired partner Richard J. Davis is a past recipient of NYLPI’s Law & Society Award.

Mr. Reiss served as a law clerk to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. of the US Supreme Court and to Judge John Minor Wisdom of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He is a graduate of Stanford Law School, where he serves on the Board of Visitors and was articles editor of the Stanford Law Review, and Vassar College, where he has served as a trustee.

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A video of the NYLPI Law & Society 2013 Executive Director & Honoree Speeches, including Mr. Reiss’, is available below:

Also, a video highlighting NYLPI’s work on behalf of children and the community is available below: