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March Volunteer Feature: The City Bar Justice Center and the Legal Aid Society Honor Women Partners/Leaders for Access to Justice in Recognition of Women's History Month

In celebration of National Women's History Month, The City Bar Justice Center and The Legal Aid Society recognize the following women whose careers have personified the profession's commitment to public service. This outstanding group of attorneys have guided their firm's pro bono efforts, spent countless hours representing vulnerable children and families, assisted nonprofit organizations that provide vital services to impoverished communities, and expanded access to justice for all New Yorkers. We express deep gratitude to all and specifically to Patricia M. Hynes of Allen & Overy LLP, the current President of the Association of The Bar of the City of New York and past Chair of The Legal Aid Society.

The Legal Aid Society recognizes the following women law firm partners and corporate leaders who have served on our Board over the past 20 years and/or who have handled substantial pro bono matters with our staff:

Karen M. Asner, White & Case LLP

Shelia L. Birnbaum, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Sara Loomis Cave, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Lisa E. Cleary, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.

Debra A. Dandeneau, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Patricia Farren, Cahill Gordon & Reindell LLP

Charlotte Moses Fishman, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Elisabeth L. Grayer, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Vilia B. Hayes, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Lois F. Herzeca, Fried, Frank, Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Michele Hirshman, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Maria T. Jones, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Sharon Katz, Davis, Polk & Wardwell, LLP

Anastasia D. Kelly, American International Group, Inc.

Alfreida B. Kenny, Private Practice

Carla A. Kerr, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Rochelle Korman, Patterson, Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

Carmen J. Lawrence, Fried, Frank, Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Carolyn B. Levine, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

Loretta E. Lynch, Hogan & Hartson, LLP

Sheila Mahoney, Cablevision, Inc

Pamela Miller, Arnold & Porter LLP

Sara Moss, The Estee Lauder Companies Inc.

Maeve O' Conner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Bettina ("Betsy") B. Plevan, Proskauer Rose LLP

Linda E. Rappaport, Shearman & Sterling LLP

Lisa Rosenbloom, Cablevision, Inc.

Karen Patton Seymour, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Penny Shane, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Audrey Strauss, Fried, Frank, Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Dalit Stern, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO of the Partnership for New York City.


The City Bar Justice Center has benefited enormously from the dedication of women partners who have been leaders for equal access to justice, including City Bar past Presidents Barbara Paul Robinson, Bettina Plevan and current President Patricia Hynes. We would also like to honor those women who are currently serving the Center and the public interest community more widely through their leadership as members of the Justice Center's board of directors:

Nina Beattie, Brune & Richard LLP

Miriam A. Buhl, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Cheryl R. David, Law Office of Cheryl R. David

Mei Lin Kwan-Gett, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Grace Lyu-Volckhausen, Tiger Baron Foundation

Hazel-Ann Mayers, CBS Broadcasting Inc.

Patricia McGovern, Ernst & Young

Hon. Juanita Bing Newton, Office of Court Administration

Erica H. Steinberger, Latham & Watkins LLP

Wanji J. Walcott, American Express

Mary K. Warren, Linklaters LLP

Jane L. Wilton, The New York Community Trust

The City Bar Justice Center is also delighted to honor the following women partners who are handling substantial pro bono matters through our projects:

Cheryl R. David, Law Office of Cheryl R. David, for her work with the NYC Know Your Rights

Project/Varick Street Detention Center

Dee Ann Dorsey, Hunton & Williams LLP, for her work with the Elderlaw Project

Janet L. Henner, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP, for her work with the NYC Know Your Rights Project/Varick Street Detention Center

Parisa Kazemian Karaahmet, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP, for her work with the NYC Know Your Rights Project/Varick Street Detention Center

Lisa M. Koenig, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP, for her work with the NYC Know Your Rights Project/Varick Street Detention Center

Grace S. Kurdian, McCarter & English LLP, for her work with the Veterans Assistance Project

Mei Lin Kwan-Gett, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, for her with the Refugee Assistance Project

Kimball Ann Lane, Duane Morris LLP, for her work with the Veterans Assistance Project

Leslie Morioka, White & Case LLP, for her work with the Veterans Assistance Project

Katharine H. Parker, Proskauer Rose LLP, for her work with the Cancer Advocacy Project

Andrea G. Podolsky, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, for her work with the Veterans Assistance Project

Careen Brett Shannon, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP, for her work with the NYC Know Your Rights Project/Varick Street Detention Center

Wendy S. Walker, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, for her work with the Consumer Bankruptcy Project

Freddi M. Weintraub, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP, for her work with the NYC Know Your Rights Project/Varick Street Detention Center

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