City Bar Justice Center Honors 14 Recipients at Jeremy G. Epstein Awards

On Monday, October 22nd, we kicked off National Pro Bono Week with the 10th Annual Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service. Each City Bar Justice Center project nominated an honoree to accept an award including, for the first time, a Lifetime Achievement Award. The fourteen recipients represent a legal community that is committed to pro bono and determined to help the city's most vulnerable residents access justice. The Honorable Jesse M. Furman, Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, delivered a keynote address stressing the importance of pro bono service to our courts and community at large. City Bar President Roger Juan Maldonado and CBJC Executive Director Lynn M. Kelly also offered remarks, and City Bar Fund Chair Bob Cusumano presented the awards along with Ms. Amy Epstein. Ms. Epstein’s late husband Jeremy G. Epstein (1946-2009), for whom the awards are named, was a partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP and board member at the City Bar Justice Center, The Legal Aid Society and the Fund for Modern Courts. A tireless advocate for vulnerable clients, he logged over 5,000 hours of pro bono and public service over 20 years.


We commend this year’s recipients on the amazing work they do on behalf of low-income New Yorkers!


  • Michael S. Arlein, Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler LLP
  • Wen-Ying Angela Chang, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
  • Antony Chu and Erica Yalagi, Goldman Sachs
  • Michael A. Guerra and Adam G. Possidente, Venable LLP
  • Patricia H. Heer, Duane Morris LLP
  • Jinyoung Joo and Daniel G. Nelson, Proskauer Rose LLP
  • Aaron M. Kleinmann, Capital One
  • Samantha R. Koplik, Dechert LLP
  • Marcia Tavares Maack, Mayer Brown LLP
  • Cecilia Norat, Cecilia Norat Consulting LLC
  • Henri M. Gueron, Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

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