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 2019 Cornerstone Awards for pro bono excellence on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at Viacom, 1515 Broadway. For information, please e-mail [email protected].


Cornerstone Awards 2018

The 2019 Institutional Honorees:

  • Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
  • Ropes & Gray LLP

The 2019 Individual Honorees:

  • Matthew H. Ahrens and Richard Hillman, Milbank LLP
  • Scott L. Bittman, Crowell & Moring LLP
  • Matt Carter, O'Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Kenneth A. Gerasimovich, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Patricia J. Graves, Goldman Sachs
  • Austin Ozawa, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Christopher J. Palmese, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Ira Rosenstein, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Aliya Sanders, Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP
  • Marci Settle, Arnold & Porter LLP

The complete list of Lawyers Alliance's Cornerstone winners from 1997 to 2018 includes 222 of Lawyers Alliance's more than 7,800 individual volunteers during this period.

Previous Institutional Cornerstone Award winners include:


Bloomberg L.P.
O'Melveny & Myers LLP


Latham & Watkins LLP
Mayer Brown LLP


Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
Dentons US 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 Resources 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.