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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 presented the 2015 Cornerstone Awards for pro bono excellence on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at Viacom, 1515 Broadway.

Read the press release.

The 2015 Institutional Honorees:

The 2015 Individual Honorees:


Lawyers Alliance for New York 2015 Cornerstone Award Winners
(Back row, left to right) Todd C. Arena, O'Melveny & Myers LLP; Edward Andrew Puerta, Nixon Peabody LLP; Evan Glassman, Steptoe &Johnson LLP (accepted on behalf of Steptoe's Michael Campion Miller); Michael A. Calandra, Jr., Alston & Bird LLP; Allan H. Cohen, Nixon Peabody LLP

(Front row, left to right) Elizabeth Hook, Citi; Jennifer Colyer of Institutional Honoree Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP; Sharon Lippett, Shearman & Sterling LLP; Kyla Henriksen, Citi; Valentine A. Brown of Institutional Honoree Duane Morris LLP

Photographer: Lily Kesselman

Previous Cornerstone Award winners

The complete list of Lawyers Alliance's Cornerstone winners from 1997 to 2015 includes 184 of Lawyers Alliance's more than 6,000 individual volunteers during this period.

Previous Institutional Cornerstone Award winners include:

2014: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
2013: Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
2012: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Herrick, Feinstein LLP

Additional Honors

Volunteer Accomplishments: 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.

Award for Pro Bono Leadership: 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

Bar Association Awards: 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.