Nominations sought for NYSBA 2006 Pro Bono Service Awards

Monday, February 13, 2006

  • New York State Bar Association

NYSBA 2006 President's
Pro Bono Service Awards
Deadline: March 17, 2006
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The New York State Bar Association is calling for nominations for the 16th
annual President's Pro Bono Service Awards. March 17, 2006 is the deadline for nominations. The awards will be presented on May 1, 2006 at the State Bar Center in Albany. By bestowing these prestigious awards, the Association seeks to recognize outstanding pro bono service and to convey a message to the legal profession and the general public about the importance of such service in helping to provide all New Yorkers with equal access to the justice system, regardless of income. Eighteen awards will be given, as set forth below.

Individual Attorneys
An award will be presented to an attorney in each of the 12 judicial districts; to one young lawyer, that is, a lawyer who has practiced for less than 10 years or who is under age 36; and to one attorney who has rendered outstanding pro bono service while serving as in-house counsel, such as for a corporation, court, government agency or nonprofit entity. To be eligible for any of these individual awards, an attorney must be admitted to practice in New York State and must have rendered pro bono service or have participated in a pro bono program in the state. Four criteria, all referring to service rendered in 2005, will be considered in making awards: number of pro bono clients served; number of hours of service; impact of service on clients; and impact of service to pro bono program.

Law Firms, Law Students, and Law Schools
Four additional awards will be given. An award will be presented to one large firm and one mid-size or small law firm which have actively and successfully encouraged pro bono service by their attorneys. Also, an award will be given to an individual law student and to a law school group to recognize their outstanding pro bono service.

Awards Committees
Attorney award winners will be selected by a committee consisting of the chairs of the President's Committee on Access to Justice, the Committee on Legal Aid, and the Pro Bono Coordinators Network, as well as the director of the Department of Pro Bono Affairs. Law student and law school group award winners will be chosen by the Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar. Please note that nominees need not be NYSBA members; nominations should be made by persons personally familiar with the nominee's work (but not by the nominee); and each nomination form should be limited to one nominee.