The New York Law Journal honors the lawyers and institutions whose vision and commitment to work for change has had a profound impact on the law and the legal profession in New York.
THE BRONX DEFENDERS AND ROBIN STEINBERG
Awarded for innovation in the representation of indigent clients; providing support both inside and outside the courtroom; and for Advocacy on public issues such as stop-and-frisk and bail reform.
Awarded forhis commitment to public service; ability to modernize, energize and reform a city law office; involvement in ground-breaking litigation; and legal initiatives that improved life in New York City.
THE INNOCENCE PROJECT
Awarded for two decades of calling attention to wrongful convictions and working tirelessly with both the defense and prosecution to improve the use of DNA testing in criminal cases.
THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, BROOKLYN LEGAL SERVICES CORP A, and PAUL ACINAPURA
Awarded for creation of a legal model and for promoting and sustaining community economic development.
E-FILING: FEDERAL AND STATE COURTS, CECELIA MORRIS, and JEFFREY CARUCCI
Awarded: Federal and State Courts for their vision and tenacity in introducing and maintaining e-filing; Cecelia Morris, chief Judge of the Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District, for pioneering the use of e-filing in federal court; and Jeffrey Carucci, statewide coordinator, who is the force behind the implementation and development of e-filing in the Unified Court System.
Awarded for her commitment to public service; outstanding representation of clients during the financial crisis; and her role as chair of the Legal Aid Society in steering the agency away from financial peril.
Awarded for innovations to the partnership model that improve client service; for outstanding representation of clients during the financial crisis; and commitment to public service that has boosted the firms’ pro bono hours and that put Paul Weiss firmly behind the representation of Edie Windsor in the same-sex marriage case, U.S. v. Windsor, one of the most significant cases of the last decade.
Awarded for his role in calling attention to the lack of adequate counsel in immigration cases and the creation of a study group and task force which have brought about improvements in the legal representation of immigrants.
Awarded for administrative creativity, an openness to new ideas and willingness to innovate in an effort to improve the city’s Family Courts for litigants and lawyers.
THE SKADDEN FELLOWSHIP FOUNDATION and SUSAN BUTLER PLUM
Awarded for the vision and 25-year commitment to funding two-year public interest fellowships, which have placed more than 600 attorneys in the public sector.