April Volunteer Feature: New York Legal Assistance Group to honor Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom LLP and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


On April 17, 2008 the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) honored Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom LLP and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP at its Annual Pro Bono Awards Reception. George Sole, in-house volunteer at NYLAG, was also honored for dedicating his time and talent in order to improve the lives of low-income New Yorkers. "In 2007, over 350 pro bono attorneys and volunteers contributed 92,000 hours of service to NYLAG's clients," said Yisroel Schulman, President of NYLAG. "This tremendous resource adds a crucial element to NYLAG's ability to increase access to legal services." He added, "these three honorees are exemplary representatives of the volunteer spirit that makes possible the provision of excellent legal services to those who would otherwise be unable to afford assistance."

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP received the Raising the Bar Award, in honor of the firm's enduring commitment to pro bono service to NYLAG and our clients. Skadden has taken on some particularly difficult cases over the years in the areas of matrimonial and family law, representing victims of domestic violence in complicated and contested child custody trials, and has also helped clients with child support modification proceedings, immigration petitions, and uncontested divorces.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP has devoted countless pro bono hours to litigating a complex case on behalf of 55 workers at an upscale Manhattan restaurant. The firm's dedication has earned it the Pro Bono Visionary Award. After the restaurant instituted a campaign of retaliation against workers who had joined the lawsuit, Paul, Weiss was able to obtain an injunction forbidding further retaliation and protecting these workers' rights. We are optimistic that with Paul, Weiss's help, a very favorable resolution will be reached in this matter.

George Sole has volunteered with NYLAG's Justice at Work Project since early 2007. George's work in helping low-wage workers secure fair pay, overtime, and other crucial benefits from employers demonstrates his commitment to the cause of justice for all. Lloyd Constantine, Senior Advisor to former New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer gave a keynote address, and Jonathan Alter, Senior Editor of Newsweek Magazine served as host for the evening. This event was made possible by Presenting Sponsor Skadden, Arps Meagher & Flom LLP and the support of numerous other Law Firms and individuals.

Founded in 1990, NYLAG is a not-for-profit law firm that provides free civil legal services to low-income individuals throughout the five boroughs of New York. In 2007, NYLAG provided legal services to 35,000 people, including victims of domestic violence, immigrants, the chronically ill, the elderly, children with special needs, Holocaust survivors, low-wage workers and other vulnerable populations.