April Volunteer Feature: The City Bar Justice Center is Proud to Honor Goldman Sachs and Sullivan & Cromwell at Annual Gala
On April 7th, in a Bar Association Building made festive with chandeliers, colored lights and gin fizzes, over 500 attendees celebrated the accomplishments of the Justice Center and commitment to pro bono embodied by Goldman Sachs and Sullivan & Cromwell. Each year the Center honors outstanding law firm or corporation partners for the work they do to increase access to Justice for low-income New Yorkers. This year, while celebrating a simpler time with the theme A Night Out in Old New York, the Justice Center presented awards to Goldman Sachs and Sullivan & Cromwell; two companies who have stepped up their commitment to pro bono during difficult times.
Though involved in a number of pro bono and philanthropic endeavors, the focus of the evening was the two companies' partnership with the City Bar Justice Center's Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project. Sponsoring a pro bono legal clinic at the City Bar to offer guidance on employment law and best practices to structure a small business, Goldman Sachs and Sullivan & Cromwell provide direct legal assistance to low-income micro-entrepreneurs throughout New York City. The dedicated attorneys at Sullivan & Cromwell also volunteer in numerous other projects at the City Bar Justice Center, assisting veterans, refugees seeking asylum, the elderly, previously incarcerated individuals and micro-entrepreneurs. The time, energy and talents provided by the people of Goldman Sachs and Sullivan & Cromwell to a wide range of public service activities illustrate the diversity of their philanthropy and the depth of their commitment to pro bono.
Roger Aaron of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP presented the award to Goldman Sachs, which was accepted by Gregory Palm, Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Sullivan & Cromwell's award was accepted by H. Rodgin Cohen, the firm's Chairman, and presented by Carl Krasik, General Counsel of The Bank of New York Mellon.