The New York State Bar Association is launching a new task force that will examine the impact of homelessness and explore ways that governments can intervene so that fewer people will be living on the streets. More than 74,000 New Yorkers are homeless, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. “Homelessness is a crisis, … Continued
Practice Area: Pro Bono & Public Good
The New York State Bar Association honored lawyers who have made an exceptional commitment to serving the public good during the 32nd Annual President’s Pro Bono Service Awards on Law Day. The mood was festive as leaders from the bench and the bar, along with New York State Attorney General Letitia James gathered at the … Continued
Sherry Levin Wallach, president of the New York State Bar Association, issued the following statement about the New York State budget: “While Gov. Kathy Hochul and legislative leaders have recognized that the state budget must include funding to protect the constitutional right to counsel of children and indigent adults, the New York State Bar Association … Continued
The New York State Bar Association presented Shelley Wu, a champion of women and children’s rights, with the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Memorial Scholarship during its House of Delegates meeting April 1 in Albany. Wu is a third-year law school student at the Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. Wu ranks in the top 10% … Continued
New York prides itself on being a sophisticated jurisdiction. Its transactional lawyers structure deals that are cutting edge. Its litigators craft novel arguments that are considered by learned courts. New York law governs contracts throughout the world. Now through the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), New York offers its legal community a cutting-edge path … Continued
In its waning hours, the 117th Congress passed the 2023 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which included the association’s perennial federal legislative priority of increased funding for the Legal Services Corporation. On Dec. 29, President Biden signed the measure, which provides $560 million through Sept. 30. The LSC is an independent non-profit corporation established by Congress in … Continued
“I’m clean. I’m not supposed to be here. I’m clean.” Derek pleaded with me in the doorway of his room on the locked inpatient psychiatric unit at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie. He pressed on: “I did my laundry this morning. I brushed my teeth. These other people stink. I take care of myself.” I … Continued
The New York State Bar Association honored two Capital Region legal champions with the Howard A. Levine Award for Excellence in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare — Justice Elizabeth A. Garry, presiding justice of the New York State Appellate Division, Third Department, and Rensselaer County child advocate Douglas Broda. The award recognizes vital work undertaken … Continued
Emilia Rodriguez of Scarsdale and Daniel D. Shonn, Jr., of Akron received the Jonathan Lippman Pro Bono Award from the 50+ Lawyers Section Jan. 27 during the New York State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting.
The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is honoring lawyers, law firms, a law student and a law school clinic that have provided extraordinary pro bono service to those in need in the face of unprecedented challenges over the past year.