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City Bar Justice Center Announces Winners of Second Annual Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Pro Bono Service

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City Bar Justice Center Announces Winners of Second Annual Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Pro Bono Service

October 22, 2010

The City Bar Justice Center, the pro bono affiliate of the New York City Bar, has announced the winners of the second annual Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Pro Bono Service. Honoring volunteer lawyers for outstanding work on Justice Center projects, the awards will be presented at a Celebration of Service reception on Monday, October 25th, as part of National Pro Bono Week.

This year's winners are:

Burke Blackman, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
John Schmitt, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
Mara Byrne, Citigroup
James Cassidy, Adams & Salter LLP
Robert Gingher, Dickstein Shapiro LLP
Daniel Gomez, Verizon
Katharine Parker, Proskauer Rose LLP
Maia Ridberg, Covington & Burling LLP
David Rubin, Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe LLP
Heidi Schmid, Linklaters
Terry Wells, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Sidney H. Stein, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, will deliver a keynote address, and Austin T. Fragomen, Jr., City Bar Fund Board Chair, will present the awards. City Bar President Samuel W. Seymour and City Bar Justice Center Executive Director Lynn M. Kelly, will also speak.

"Pro bono service is indispensable in making access to justice available for all New Yorkers,"said Lynn Kelly. "The City Bar Justice Center relies on volunteer lawyers, and the talent and insight they bring to each project. We are pleased to be able to recognize some of the outstanding lawyers giving back to help needy New Yorkers."

What: Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Pro Bono Service

When: Monday, October 25, 2010, 6 PM – 7:30 PM

Where: New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street

Co-Sponsored by the New York City Bar's Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee

Invitation only. Media welcome.

Jeremy G. Epstein, who passed away in July 2009, was a partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP and a board member at the City Bar Justice Center, The Legal Aid Society and the Fund for Modern Courts. He logged over 5,000 hours of pro bono and public service over the last 20 years.