The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) has actually acknowledged the Brooklyn Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) with the 2017 Angelo T. Cometa Award throughout an event previously this month in Albany.
” I praise the work of the Brooklyn Volunteer Lawyers’ Project,” stated Elena Jaffe Tastensen, chair of the State Bar’s Committee on Lawyer Referral Service. “Countless low-income New Yorkers, who otherwise would have been unrepresented, have actually been served by the Brooklyn Volunteer Lawyers Project, and their network of pro bono lawyers.”.
The VLP has actually worked since 1990 to offer pro bono legal service to Brooklynites who do not have the monetary methods to employ a lawyer. In 2016, the VLP trained and monitored more than 500 volunteer legal representatives and other experts, who intern supplied 12,400 hours of totally free legal service in household law, senior law and customer law cases.
Sidney Cherubin, director of legal services, accepted the award on behalf of the VLP. The yearly award acknowledges people or groups within New York state that “show remarkable dedication towards advancing the objectives of the lawyer recommendation and details service.”.
” The VLP wishes to thank the NYSBA and the Lawyer Referral Service Committee for this fantastic honor,” Cherubin stated in his approval speech. “The VLP thanks Rosanne Hiebert, director of the Brooklyn Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service and Clara Schwabe, partner at Kordes & Schwabe PLLC and VLP volunteer, for choosing us for this award.
” Referrals are a vital part of the work of the VLP,” Cherubin continued. “Everyone that enters into the VLP or calls the VLP is not always qualified to get services, so it is essential to have services like the Brooklyn Lawyer Referral Service and Pro Bono Net as a source for recommendations and linking susceptible New Yorkers with much necessary legal support.”.
The award is called for Angelo T. Cometa, who was the president of the New York State Bar Association from 1990 to 1991. It was under his management that the NYSBA developed its Lawyer Assistance Program, Pro Bono Department, which is now called the Department of Law Practice Management. In 2007, he was bestowed his name award.