The New York State Bar Association honored its 2013 President’s Pro Bono Service Award winners at a luncheon at the State Bar Center in Albany on May 1. The honorees are:
First Judicial District: Russell Hirschhorn, Steven Obus, Bettina Plevan and Brian Rauch of Proskauer Rose, who helped more than 140,000 seniors and people with disabilities collectively receive more than $1 billion in retroactive benefits.
Second: James Maleady of Staten Island, who volunteered with the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project’s disaster relief clinics in the wake of Sandy.
Third: Michelle Wildgrube, who volunteers with the Legal Project in Albany’s Affordable Housing Attorney Assistance program.
Fourth: Andrew Moses, assistant county attorney for St. Lawrence County, who conducts pro se divorce clinics for low-income clients with uncontested divorces.
Fifth: Anthony Marshall, who helped launch Syracuse’s "Say Yes to Education" program, designed to remove socioeconomic barriers that prevent inner-city children from graduating.
Sixth: Mary Jo Long, who has assisted the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York with unemployment insurance cases.
Seventh: Michael Schnittman, who has assisted more than 125 low-income clients in debt collection cases and foreclosures through the Debt Collection Advice Clinic of the Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County.
Eighth: Matthew Herdzik, who performed more than 120 hours of pro bono work on eight divorces, six bankruptcy cases and an income tax matter in 2012.
Ninth: Daniel Schlanger, who spearheaded efforts to open a Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office (CLARO) in Westchester.
Tenth: Michael Aronowsky, who has donated about 100 hours to Touro Law Center Hurricane Emergency Assistance Relief Team.
Eleventh: Julia Maeng, who has donated more than 115 hours of service to 105 people through the CLARO-Queens Consumer Debt Clinic.
Thirteenth: Jeffrey Alfano, who performed 60 hours of pro bono service in foreclosure cases in 2012.
Law Student: Catherine Sinwell Gerlach, a third-year student at Syracuse University, who chairs the school’s Pro Bono Advisory Board.
Young Lawyer: Lindsay Moilanen, an associate at Kaye Scholer, who has led the firm’s pro bono efforts to assist transgender people through its Name Change Project.
Senior Lawyer: Albany City Councilman Michael O’Brien, who provides pro bono assistance to veterans through the Veterans Legal Project and the VA Medical Center Legal Clinic.
In-House Counsel: Theresa Mohan of IBM, who was one of the first attorneys to mobilize the legal community to send volunteers out in the wake of Sandy.
Government Office: Seventh Judicial District Help Center in Rochester, which provides the public with legal information to better navigate the court system.
Small Law Firm: Ehrlich & Aroodia, a two-lawyer firm in Troy that dedicated 114 hours to bankruptcy cases.
Mid-Size Law Firm: Morrison & Foerster, New York office, which formed the Student Loan Discharge Project with the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project.
Large Law Firm: Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom, New York office, which devoted 57,222 hours in pro bono work in 2012, an average of 91 hours per attorney.