June 2008 Volunteer Feature: Evan Davis is The Legal Aid Society's 2008 Servant of Justice
More than 650 members of New York's legal community, corporate leaders, and government officials joined in the tribute to Evan A. Davis, a partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, as he received The Legal Aid Society's Servant of Justice Award. Mr. Davis served as counsel to former Governor Mario Cuomo, who presented the award to Mr. Davis during the 31st Annual Servant of Justice Award Dinner at the Waldorf on May 13, 2008.
Mr. Davis, honored for his enduring commitment to social justice and people living in poverty, served with great distinction as an office and director on the Society's Board. He joined the Board in 1979 and became a Vice President in 1983, leaving in 1985 to become Governor Mario M. Cuomo's counsel. Upon rejoining Cleary Gottlieb in 1991, he returned to the Legal Aid Board and served until 1999.
During his service on the Board, his extraordinary energy, wise counsel, and diplomatic skills were invaluable. He unselfishly shared his legal talents with the Society's management and staff, providing training and encouraging others to do the same, and representing the Society on a pro bono basis. Despite an incredibly tasking schedule, Evan always was available to offer leadership and support for programs to expand and improve the delivery of legal services to low-income clients.