2019 President’s Pro Bono Service Award Winners

First Judicial District
Camille Mackler
New York 

Camille Mackler, director of Immigration Legal Policy at the New York Immigration Coalition, led the trailblazing ‘pop-up legal crisis response’ at JFK airport during the 2017 travel ban and in 2018 helped set up the Albany County Jail Detention Outreach Project, which provided legal assistance to more than 300 immigrant detainees transferred from the U.S. southern border.

Second Judicial District
Jonathan Plasse
New York, NY 

Jonathan Plasse volunteers at Mobilization for Justice, managing the foreclosure clinic at Kings County Supreme Court.

Third Judicial District
Sharon Couch DeBonis
Troy, NY 

Sharon Couch DeBonis, a solo practitioner in Troy, volunteers at the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York’s Attorney for a Day program, assisting first-appearance clients at Albany City Court and mentoring and teaching new attorney volunteers.

Fourth Judicial District
Amanda Rose
Mayfield, NY 

Amanda Rose, a solo practitioner in Mayfield, staffs the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York’s pro se divorce clinics in Fulton, Montgomery and Schoharie counties.

Fifth Judicial District
Ashley Lyon
Adams, NY 

Ashley Lyon, an associate at the McClusky Law Firm, works with the Volunteer Lawyers Project, advising indigent people in Jefferson County on family court and related matters.

Sixth Judicial District
Carole Cassidy
Endicott, NY 

Carole Cassidy, senior staff attorney at Crime Victims Assistance Center, volunteers at Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York’s Town and Village Attorney of the Hour Eviction Defense Program.

Seventh Judicial District
George Forsyth
Rochester, NY

George Forsyth, a partner in Forsyth & Forsyth, represents pro bono clients through the Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County.

Eighth Judicial District
David Whittemore
Buffalo, NY  

David Whittemore, an associate at Bennett, DiFilippo & Kurtzhaltz, LLP, works with the Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc., concentrating on matrimonial actions.

Ninth Judicial District
Sheila Miller
Armonk, NY 

Sheila Miller volunteers at the Pace Women’s Justice Center, focusing on family law issues and supervising law student interns.

Tenth Judicial District
Eve Nowak
Huntington, NY 

Eve Nowak works with the Pro Bono Project of Nassau Suffolk Law Services, screening and assessing callers’ legal needs, and evaluating their eligibility for pro bono representation.

Eleventh Judicial District
Lawrence Fox
New York, NY 

Lawrence Fox, partner at Duane Morris LLP, worked with Mt. Sinai to expand a medical-legal pro bono project to underserved areas in Brooklyn and Queens.

Young Lawyer
Michael Herberger
New York, NY 

Michael Herberger, a solo practitioner, works with the Erie County Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project, assisting tenants facing eviction.

Law Student
Kristin Alvarado
Ithaca, NY 

Kristin Alvarado, a 3L at Cornell Law School, works with the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, helping domestic abuse survivors get divorces and assisting tenants facing eviction.

Senior Lawyer
Janice Casey Silverberg
New York, NY 

Janice Casey Silverberg works at the Pace Women’s Justice Center Family Court Legal Program, providing legal assistance at the Family Court sites.

Large Law Firm
Mayer Brown
New York, NY 

The attorneys of Mayer Brown, a global firm committed to pro bono, volunteer in local communities, with clients from legal service organizations and with the industries and organizations working on justice issues.

Midsize Law Firm
Coughlin & Gerhart LLP
Binghamton, NY

Coughlin & Gerhart LLP loaned enough new associates to staff the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York new eviction defense programs in town and village courts.

Small Law Firm
Copps DiPaola Silverman
Syracuse, NY  

Attorneys at Copps DiPaola Silverman PLLC volunteer at The Legal Project’s law clinics, including the pro se divorce clinic where they help train law students and paralegals.

Law School Group
Pace Women’s Justice Center Family Court Legal Program
White Plains, NY

For 20 years, the Pace Women’s Justice Center Family Court Legal Program has partnered with non-profits, county and state government and higher education stakeholders to provide free legal service in Family Court.