Lawyers Alliance believes that the exemplary work and outstanding
accomplishments of our volunteer attorneys deserve recognition
from clients, peers, employers, and the general public.
We are privileged to work with so many dynamic clients who
not only are running extraordinary programs but also take
the time to say "thank you" to our volunteers.
Contact us if you are an attorney interested in becoming a volunteer.
Since 1997, Lawyers Alliance has presented Cornerstone Awards annually to a select group of
individuals and institutions that have made extraordinary contributions through pro bono legal
services. These services help nonprofits to address critical human needs and improve the quality
of life for thousands of low-income New Yorkers.
Lawyers Alliance will present the 2015 Cornerstone Awards for pro bono excellence on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Viacom, 1515 Broadway.
Lawyers Alliance presented the 2014 Cornerstone Awards on October 30, 2014.
Read the 2014 Cornerstone press release.
The 2014 Institutional Honorees:
The 2014 Individual Honorees:
15 Year Circle: In our 45th anniversary year, Lawyers Alliance also celebrated our long-term volunteers who have helped hundreds of nonprofits during the past 15 years.
- Carolyn Austin, Arent Fox LLP
- Alexander W. Bogdan, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
- John B. Dodson and Joseph B. Rothenberg, DLA Piper LLP (US)
- Emilie A. Hendee, Jones Day
- B.K. (Boong-Kyu) Lee, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
- James W. Perkins, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
- Russell D. Sacks, Shearman & Sterling LLP
- Jonathan E. Silverblatt, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
|Lawyers Alliance for New York 2014 Cornerstone Award Winners
|(Back row, left to right) Russell D. Sacks, Shearman & Sterling LLP; Joseph B. Rothenberg, DLA Piper LLP (US); Carolyn Austin, Arent Fox LLP; Alexander W. Bogdan, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
(Front row, left to right) Emilie A. Hendee, Jones Day; B.K. (Boong-Kyu) Lee, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Lauren B. Grassotti, Greenberg Traurig, LLP (accepted on behalf of honoree James W. Perkins); Jonathan E. Silverblatt, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Photo credit: Lily Kesselman
The complete list of Lawyers Alliance's Cornerstone winners
from 1997 to 2013 includes 167 of Lawyers Alliance's almost 6,000 individual volunteers
during this period.
Previous Institutional Cornerstone Award winners include:
||Kirkland & Ellis LLP|
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
||Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP|
Herrick, Feinstein LLP
||Holland & Knight LLP|
Jackson Lewis LLP
Lawyers Alliance regularly identifies outstanding volunteers who reach a milestone in their pro
bono project and issues a "Volunteer Accomplishment" announcement recognizing this work. These
callouts are available in the News section of this
In addition, Lawyers Alliance has presented the Award for Pro Bono Leadership to a law firm
partner who has performed exemplary pro bono service
for nonprofit organizations in New York City. Past honorees include:
2009: Ashley R. Altschuler of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
2008: Robert S. Whitman of Seyfarth Shaw LLP
2007: Michael J. Feinman of Blank Rome LLP
2006: Mark E. Brossman of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
Many of Lawyers Alliance's volunteer institutions have received
accolades from state and national bar leaders for their business
law pro bono work. We are honored to have nominated a strong
list of winners of American
Bar Association and New York State Bar Association pro bono