Legal Services of the Hudson Valley has announced plans for its annual Equal Access to Justice Dinner, the organization’s biggest fundraiser.
LSHV handles more than 12,000 cases each year. But the demand for free legal services for the indigent in the Hudson Valley is much greater than the supply. Development director Marianne Delaney estimates that the group serves only 20 percent of eligible clients.
The dinner generates nearly 2 percent of LSHV’s annual $11 million budget. The group would like to increase that percentage this year to reach more people, Delaney said.
“We are growing,” Delaney said. “We now have eight offices serving seven counties with only 52 staff attorneys, so as you can imagine we’re very busy.”
Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, D-Scarsdale, will receive this year’s Advocate for Justice in recognition of her work for domestic violence victims. Recipients of the Access to Justice award are Noah Hanft, general counsel of Mastercard, and Jerold Ruderman, of counsel to Wilson Elser, as its Access to Justice honorees. Hanft started his career as a Legal Aid attorney and now works on behalf of low-income New Yorkers through volunteer legal work for various organizations. Ruderman is the chair of the Westchester County Human Rights Commission and serves on Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman’s pro bono advisory committee.
The dinner will be held April 24 at the Ritz-Carlton in White Plains, with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m.
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