(NYLJ/Rick Kopstein)

Steven Banks, center, was honored by about 150 friends and colleagues at a reception Tuesday at Davis Polk & Wardwell. Banks stepped down as the Legal Aid Society’s attorney-in-chief earlier this year to become the commissioner of the New York City Human Resources Administration.

Joining Banks, from left: Randy Mastro, a partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher; Blaine V. Fogg, president of the Legal Aid Society and of counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Daniel Kolb, vice chairman of the Legal Aid Society and a partner at Davis Polk; Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman; Helaine Barnett, adjunct professor at New York University School of Law; Richard Davis, chairman of the Legal Aid Society; Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti; and Seymour James, the Legal Aid Society’s criminal practice chief.