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The Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Awards 2008

Thursday, September 25, 2008

  • The Legal Aid Society
  • Source: New York

Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Awards 2008
Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye will speak at The Legal Aid Society's 2008 Pro Bono Awards Ceremony and present awards to individual lawyers, law firms, corporations and community representatives in recognition of their outstanding pro bono service on October 7, 2008, at The Association of the Bar of the City of New York. The ceremony begins promptly at 5 p.m. followed by a reception.

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP will receive the Pro Bono Publico and Public Service Law Firm Award for the firm's extraordinary pro bono commitment to The Legal Aid Society and its clients. A long-time supporter of the Society, Cravath and a legal team, led by Richard W. Clary and Elizabeth L. Grayer, worked tirelessly as co-counsel on the McCain lawsuit, which was settled with the City and the State on September 17. McCain sought to ensure that homeless children and their families receive lawful shelter and services.

The Legal Aid Society's 2008 Pro Bono Publico Awards symbolize the outstanding commitment of major New York City law firms to provide access to justice to low income children, families and individuals. No where in the world is the commitment as strong as it is in New York City. For more than 130 years, these law firms have served as the foundation of the Society's pro bono program, providing representation to the most vulnerable New Yorkers, including senior citizens, disabled children and adults, survivors of domestic violence, immigrants, low-wage workers, persons living with AIDS/HIV, and homeless and imminently homeless children and adults, and to the most forgotten New Yorkers, including inmates in the jails on Rikers Island and prisoners in correctional facilities throughout the State of New York.