City Bar Justice Center Announces Honorees of 2017 Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Pro Bono Service

The City Bar Justice Center, the pro bono affiliate of the New York City Bar Association, has announced the winners of the ninth annual Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service. Honoring the outstanding volunteer attorneys in each Justice Center project, the awards will be presented at a Celebration of Service reception on October 23 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the New York City Bar Association, 42 W. 44th St., to launch National Pro Bono Week.

This year’s individual awardees are:

Jasmine M. Campirides, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Kurt M. Denk, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Brenna K. DeVaney, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Bridget La Rosa, Fox Rothschild LLP
John Powers, Crédit Agricole CIB
Oscar S. Straus III, Solo Practitioner
Jessica Winchell, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.

The following teams and law firm will receive awards:

CBS Team: Patrick Turner, CBS Corporation; Eric Hochstadt and Jennifer Ramos, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
DLA Piper Team: John Guarin, Lauren Manton, Maria Matos, Kira Mineroff, Paolo Morante, Michelle Sadowsky, Emily Sanders, Marta Segimon, R. Brian Seibert, Tomasita Sherer, Michael Shin, and Hayley Yandoli
Norton Rose Fulbright Team: Thomas Hall, Nicholas Chandler, Nathaniel Putnam, Matthew Lamb, Thomas Commons, Darayl Levy, and Stacey Trimmer
Shearman & Sterling LLP: Antonia E. Stolper, the Americas Regional Managing Partner, will accept the award on behalf of the firm.

This year’s keynote address will be delivered by Alan S. Goudiss and Adam S. Hakki, partners at Shearman & Sterling LLP and colleagues of the late Jeremy G. Epstein. In a testament to the firm’s commitment to pro bono, Shearman & Sterling fielded a team including Goudiss, Hakki, and Epstein working tirelessly for decades to vacate the death sentence of a man with an intellectual disability. The awards will be presented by Robert F. Cusumano, City Bar Fund Board Chair, and City Bar President John S. Kiernan will provide introductory remarks.

“It is with great pride and appreciation that the Justice Center honors these remarkable volunteer attorneys with a 2017 Jeremy G. Epstein Award for their exceptional dedication to pro bono,” said Lynn M. Kelly, Executive Director of the City Bar Justice Center. “At a time when accessing justice is so crucial for so many low and moderate income people who cannot afford attorneys, these honorees have demonstrated the true meaning of justice for all by donating their time and skills to make a difference for their low income clients.”

Jeremy G. Epstein (1946-2009) 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 20 years.

About the City Bar Justice Center
The City Bar Justice Center increases access to justice by leveraging the resources of the New York City legal community. The Justice Center operates the city’s largest civil legal hotline and annually provides direct legal representation, information and advocacy to over 20,000 poor and vulnerable New Yorkers in areas including immigration, veterans assistance, homelessness, trusts and estates, cancer advocacy, and elderlaw.