City Bar Justice Center Presents 2014 Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Pro Bono Service

New York, September 17, 2014 – The City Bar Justice Center, the pro bono affiliate of the New York City Bar Association, has announced the winners of the sixth annual Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service. Honoring the most outstanding volunteer attorney in each of the Justice Center projects, the awards will be presented at a Celebration of Service reception on October 20th, as part of National Pro Bono Week. “This year’s Epstein Award winners managed to juggle busy legal practices with outstanding pro bono service, helping to bridge the justice gap by providing much-needed assistance to New York’s poor and disadvantaged,” said Lynn M. Kelly, City Bar Justice Center Executive Director. This year’s awardees are:

Elisa Alcabes, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Elizabeth M. Columbo, Nixon Peabody LLP

Livia Corredor, Forest City Ratner Companies

Frank A. DeLucia Jr., Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto LLP

Marianne M.N. Jensen, Maurice Kassimir & Associates PC

Michael P. Kessler, Proskauer Rose LLP

Ann V. Kramer, Reed Smith LLP

Robert P. Lewis, Baker & McKenzie LLP

Melissa C. Monteleone and Katriana G. Roh, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Glenn A. Opell, Schram Graber & Opell P.C.

Hon. Loretta A. Preska, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, will deliver a keynote address and Mei Lin Kwan-Gett, City Bar Fund Board Chair, will present the awards. City Bar President Debra L. Raskin will provide introductory remarks.

Jeremy G. Epstein, who passed away in May 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, the pro bono affiliate of the New York City Bar Association, increases access to justice by leveraging the resources of the New York City legal community. The Justice Center operates the city’s busiest legal hotline and annually provides direct legal representation, information and advocacy to over 20,000 poor and vulnerable New Yorkers in areas including foreclosure, bankruptcy, elderlaw, homelessness, veterans assistance, cancer advocacy and several immigration projects.