Epstein Volunteer Awards Kick off Pro Bono Week at the City Bar Justice Center

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

  • City Bar Justice Center

In honor of the 2013 National Pro Bono Week, the City Bar Justice Center awarded a selection of exceptional volunteers with the Jeremy G. Epstein Award for outstanding pro bono service. The awardees are volunteers of the City Bar Justice Center’s projects who have gone above and beyond to aid low income New Yorkers in need of pro bono legal assistance. The awards this year were presented at a cocktail reception.

Jeremy G. Epstein was a partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP and a longtime board member at the City Bar Justice Center who passed away in May 2009. As a person who not only dedicated himself to pro bono work, but who also encouraged his peers to do the same, Mr. Epstein’s legacy lives on each year through the City Bar Justice Center’s Epstein Awards.

Each nominee is honored by one of the City Bar Justice Center’s projects: the Cancer Advocacy Project, the Consumer Bankruptcy Project, the Elderlaw Project, the Lawyers Foreclosure Intervention Network, the Immigrant Outreach Project, the Immigrant Women and Children Project, the Legal Clinic for the Homeless, the Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project, the Refugee Assistance Project, the Planning and Estates Law Project and the Veterans Assistance Project.

Carey R. Dunne, President of the New York City Bar welcomed guests and gave an introduction to the reception. The keynote address was be given by the Honorable Jed S. Rakoff, United States District Judge, SDNY and Mei Lin Kwan-Gett, Chair of City Bar Fund Board of Directors presented the awards. Closing remarks were given by Lynn Kelly, Executive Director of the City Bar Justice Center.

The City Bar Justice Center applauds the wonderful work that its volunteers do for the projects year round. Their commitment to pro bono work is not only highly appreciated, but inspiring as well.