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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 2018 Cornerstone Awards for pro bono excellence on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Viacom, 1515 Broadway.

Lawyers Alliance presented the 2017 Cornerstone Awards on November 14, 2017, a celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Awards.

Read the press release.

The 2017 Institutional Honorees:

The 2017 Individual Honorees:


Lawyers Alliance for New York 2017 Cornerstone Award Winners
(Back row, left to right) Matthew DeAtley, Paul Hastings LLP; Abid Qureshi of Institutional Honoree Latham & Watkins LLP; Benet O'Reilly, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP; Richard G. Kass, Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC; Daniel J. Venditti, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP; Chris M. Smith, Shearman & Sterling LLP; Eric Allendorf, Paul Hastings LLP; Scott Feira, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP; and William X. Lang, Wintston & Strawn LLP

(Front row, left to right) Marcia Tavares Maack of Institutional Honoree Mayer Brown LLP; Karen Kim, Menaker & Herrmann LLP; Susan L. Ross, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP; Joann B. Birle, Herrick, Feinstein LLP; Oren Epstein, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom LLP; Karen Peled, NBCUniversal Media, LLC; and Cheryl L. Davis, Menaker & Herrmann LLP

Photographer: Lily Kesselman

The complete list of Lawyers Alliance's Cornerstone winners from 1997 to 2016 includes 196 of Lawyers Alliance's more than 6,500 individual volunteers during this period.

Previous Institutional Cornerstone Award winners include:

2016: Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
Dentons US LLP
2015: Duane Morris LLP
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
2014: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius 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.

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.