Volunteer Recognition

The exemplary work and outstanding accomplishments of our volunteer attorneys deserve recognition from clients, peers, employers, and the general public. Read some exciting Volunteer Accomplishments throughout the year and join us in recognizing our annual Cornestone honorees.

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 announces the 2020 Cornerstone Award honorees for pro bono excellence. 

Join us for a virtual celebration of the Cornerstone honorees on Thursday, December 3, 2020, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, Live Zoom. RSVP necessary. Please send your name, organization, and e-mail address to cornerstone@lawyersalliance.org no later than December 2 at 5:00 pm.

Read the Cornerstone Awards press release.

Cornerstone Awards 2020

The 2020 Institutional Honorees:

  • Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP

The 2020 Individual Honorees:

  • Sloane Ackerman, O'Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Jena Grady, Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Evan Hill, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Lawrence S. Lustberg, Gibbons P.C.
  • Jessica Lutrin, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Lawrence Miller, BNY Mellon
  • Helen Respass, Thomson Reuters
  • Karol S. Robinson, Anderson Kill
  • Kenny S. Terrero, Sidley Austin LLP
  • Barak Wrobel, Holland & Knight LLP


The complete list of Lawyers Alliance's Cornerstone winners from 1997 to 2019 includes 233 of Lawyers Alliance's more than 8,500 individual volunteers during this period.

Previous Institutional Cornerstone Award winners include:


Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP


Bloomberg L.P.
O'Melveny & Myers LLP


Latham & Watkins LLP
Mayer Brown 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.

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.