May 2012 Volunteer Feature: Weil, Gotshal & Manages and Dan Kolb of Davis Polk LLP Receives 2012 NYSBA Pro Bono Service Awards
Friday, June 01, 2012
- Organization: The Legal Aid Society
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s Advantage Team was recognized by The New York State Bar Association for the firm’s exceptional work as co-counsel with The Legal Aid Society to prevent New York City from terminating the Advantage rent subsidy program for 16,000 formerly homeless households. The City’s plan to immediately cancel the program placed upwards of 37, 0000 people at risk of eviction and the likelihood of again becoming homeless. Weil quickly joined the Society as co-counsel and put together an experienced and dedicated team of attorneys who answered countless calls from worried tenants and appeared in court in a matter of days. Providing representation at the trial and appellate level, the Weil litigation team enabled Advantage tenants to receive subsidies from April 2011 through January of 212, totaling over $115 million, and an additional ten months beyond the City’s plan to terminate the program. Weil partners Konrad Cailteux and Debra Dandeneau spearheaded the Weil Advantage team. Team members included Isabella Lacayo, Jesse Morris, Adam Lavine, Emily Pincow, Frank Grese, and Kyle Ortiz. Steven Banks, the Society’s Attorney-in-Chief, and Judith Goldiner, Jane Sujen Bock, Joshua Goldfein, and Cristina Schrum-Herrera from the Society worked with the Weil Advantage team.
Daniel Kolb, Senior Counsel with Davis Pollk & Wardwell LLP, was the recipient of The New York State Bar Association’s Senior Attorney award. Mr. Kolb has been the driving force behind several of Davis Polk’s most ambitions and noteworthy pro bono projects in which the firm has partnered with The Legal Aid Society. Leading a team of associates and partners, Mr. Kolb worked with the Society to formulate criminal case cap standards to propose to the Chief Administrative Judge in order to ensure that New Yorkers accused of crimes in New York City, often wrongfully, are represented by attorneys with proper caseloads. Mr. Kolb’s team continues to invest substantial resources to analyze how best to structure the delivery of criminal defense and ancillary support services, specifically investigative and social worker assistance, during the four-year phase-in of the criminal case cap rule. On the national level, Mr. Kolb is co-counsel with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law as part of a nationwide coalition to combat the defrauding of distressed homeowners. He has initiated five lawsuits on behalf of groups of individuals who have been defrauded by various parties that promised significant mortgage payment reductions in exchange for multi-thousand dollar upfront fee. His work has attracted the interest of other law firms, which are initiating anti-scamming cases in other jurisdictions. Throughout his 47-year career with Davis Polk, and his transition to Senior Counsel in 2011, Daniel Kolb has displayed the highest standard of pro bono service and now serves as an exemplary role model for retired and transitioning attorneys.