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Volunteer Recognition

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.

Cornerstone Awards

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.


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:

2013: Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
2012: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Herrick, Feinstein LLP
2011: Holland & Knight LLP
Jackson Lewis LLP

Additional Honors

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 website.

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 awards.